Student population dips this spring by 3.8%

NEW ORLEANS (February 14, 2020) – Dillard University’s student population for spring 2020 is 1,180 students, down 3.8 percent from fall 2018 and 4.8 percent from spring 2019, according to preliminary student enrollment data.

The data, provided by Jacques Detiege, director of assessment and analysis for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, shows the spring population is down by 46 students from the 1,226 reported in fall 2019. Dillard’s census is down by 60 students when compared with the spring 2019 census.

Of the new student enrollment in fall 2019, 90 percent (302 students) returned in the spring.

Typically, freshmen represent the largest classification, but the student population is more evenly distributed now. Some 410 freshmen were enrolled in fall 2019; the number is now 299, or 25 percent of the total.

Seniors lead enrollment with 315 students, or 27 percent of the population. Sophomore and juniors remain consistent, representing 25 percent (293 students) and 22 percent (259 students), respectively. Another 14 students, or 1 percent, as classified as “non-degree.”

As typical, students that identify as female outnumber the male population 3-1, with 913 or 77 percent of students being female and 267 students, 23 percent, being male.

More than half of students (55.2 percent or 652) are from Louisiana. The next-highest population comes from California with 134 students, or 11.3 percent, followed closely by Texas at 116, or 9.8 percent. Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi followed, represented by 43, 34, 32, 31 and 25 students, respectively.

The College of Arts and Sciences comprises the bulk of students, with 969 students, or 82 percent, enrolled. The college includes the School of Humanities, 274 students; School of Health and Wellness, 107; School of Social Sciences, 313; and School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, 275.

Another 12 percent (141 students) are in the College of Business and 8 percent (89 students) are enrolled in the College of Nursing, 89. Eighteen students (2 percent) are listed as being enrolled in University College.

The top five majors have been fairly consistent over the past two years, with Biology as No. 1 and including Criminal Justice, Public Health and Psychology. The top five majors now are Biology, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Psychology and Film, in that order (with Film replacing Business Administration).

Biology has 14 percent of students (168) while Criminal Justice has 11 percent (124). The other three majors have enrollments totaling 9 percent each.