MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Enrollment at the University of Memphis is at its lowest since 2009.
Khaliah Bass is a junior at the University of Memphis. She loves her school, but is surprised by its steady d rop in enrollment.
"Today you have to have some type of diploma or degree to get a job," Bass said. "So the fact that a lot of people are kind of ignoring that is kind of surprising."
This semester's student enrollment was 19,433. That's the lowest since Spring of 2009.
Graduate student Christina Ralston said the lower numbers could be due to a number of different factors.
"I know you go to school online now. A lot of people would rather stay home or they have family to take care of," Ralston said.
It also could be due to the Tennessee Promise. The scholarship allows recent high school graduates to go to Tennessee Community Colleges for free.
Whatever the reason is, Bass said it's bad for the city of Memphis because of the lower number of college educated people. She does not think it is necessarily a negative for U of M's current students.
"Smaller class sizes mean more teacher-student interaction," Bass said.
The U of M released the following statement regarding the lower enrollment numbers: