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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Nicholls State University has fewer students for the fifth straight year, but officials say the decline wasn't as steep as their projections.
Enrollment declined 2 percent, from 6,298 to 6,164. Last month, Nicholls President Bruce Murphy estimated total enrollment would be between 6,050 and 6,100.
Murphy tells The Daily Comet (http://bit.ly/1IVOV5I) he believes this year's decline will be the last.
During his State of the University address, Murphy said the goal is to increase enrollment by more than 500 in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management, more than 300 in the Culinary Institute and more than 170 international students, besides increasing enrollments for Nicholls Online and out-of-state students.
This fall, student enrollment in Nicholls graduate programs grew significantly, with 670 current graduate students compared to 603 last fall.
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