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West Virginia college enrollment drops 2.3 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Enrollment at West Virginia's colleges and universities has dropped more than 2 percent this fall compared with the same time last year.

West Virginia lawmakers were presented fall enrollment figures by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission on Monday. Statewide, about 90,000 students were enrolled at West Virginia colleges. About 64,000 students came from West Virginia, while the others came from out of state. The commission's report says there were declines in enrollment from both groups of students.

The report says enrollment is particularly down in regions with dwindling population and where the oil and gas industry is booming.


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