“We wanted to do something extra for the students who go to high school right in our own back yard,” McCamis said. “These local students are very important to us, and we want to make sure they know we care about their education and future success.”
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Wright State’s enrollment declined 11.7 percent from last year, university officials said in September, putting the school at a 37-year low of 13,742 students.
The university is recovering from an early 2019 faculty strike during the heart of college application and decision season, as well overspending years earlier that drained the university’s reserve fund.
Two months ago, then-provost Sue Edwards, who was named university president a week ago, said WSU had seen a double-digit percentage point drop in enrollment this year from Montgomery and Greene counties.
“We have a back-yard problem that we need to rectify,” Edwards said at the time.
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Wright State offers a variety of scholarships, up to the full value of in-state tuition and room and board based on students’ academic credentials. University officials said more than 2,000 new freshmen were offered over $8 million in scholarships for the 2019–20 academic year.
Wright State is hosting an open house for prospective students and their families from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 2.