BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Enrollment is slightly down at Southern University and recent flooding may be to blame.
University leaders said they have heard from parents who are under so much financial strain after losing homes and cars that they simply cannot send their kids to college just yet.
Brandon Dumas, the vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment, also said in a recent interview that events like the Alton Sterling shooting and attack on law enforcement officers may be factors in the decline.
"I have been contacted by parents who have said to me, 'I'm not necessarily comfortable sending my kid to Baton Rouge,'" Dumas stated.
There are about 150 fewer freshman enrolled at Southern for the fall semester compared to last fall, which is about a 5 percent drop.
Requests have been put in for LSU's numbers and those will be reported when they become available.