KNOXVILLE — The Johnson University Tennessee campus undergraduate population has increased by 23 students for the spring semester of 2017.
Admission officials are delighted with the new students, but would have like to have seen a higher enrollment.
This is the second semester that has seen a lower new student enrollment.
Twenty-four new students enrolled in Johnson spring of 2016 which is consistent with the current year.
Julee Shultz, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, said 30 to 40 students typically enroll and begin attending in spring semesters.
Shultz said there has been a national downturn in college attendance everywhere.
“College enrollment in general has been decreasing,” Shultz said.
Most of the 23 new students are transfers with a few being freshman.
Two incoming transfers are Olivia Smith and Haven McCoy. Smith transferred from Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville and is a Human Services major and McCoy transferred from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and is a Music Education major.
They both said they enjoy Johnson because of the community that Johnson provides.
JUTN is continuing to send out recruitment teams in an effort to increase enrollment and raise awareness.
“We are looking good for next fall,” Shultz said. “Our recruitment efforts have increased our applications and increased our accepted students for next fall so we can raise our number from last fall.”