Nearly 570 students have withdrawn from the University of Colorado Boulder since the fall semester began – twice as many as last year – amid growing COVID-19 cases, a rapidly changing learning environment, and quarantine regulations.
Between August 24 and Thursday, 392 graduate students and 177 freshmen withdrew from Boulder CU. During the same period of 2019, 172 postgraduate students and 113 freshmen withdrew, said Melanie Parra, a campus spokeswoman.
At the beginning of the semester, 6,931 students lived in dormitories on campus and in the CU̵
On Friday, university officials said they did not yet know how much money the withdrawals will cost on campus, which had a budget of $ 66 million this year compared to last year, largely due to COVID-19. Lower than expected student enrollments this fall led to steeper budget cuts across campus.
First-year enrollment at CU Boulder decreased 12.3% year over year, falling from 7,113 students to 6,235, according to a presentation of the CU budget in September.
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