Florida A&M University continues to cope with a drastic decline in enrollment numbers for the second consecutive academic year.

Though unofficial, the preliminary enrollment for the Fall 2013 semester is 10,786, which is down more than 1,250 from the previous year (2012-2013) and about 2,500 fewer from two years ago (2011-2012).

FAMU, which receives more revenue from tuition than it does from the state of Florida, is preparing for a second straight $6 million loss as a result of the decline in enrollment, interim President Larry Robinson said.

The University’s athletic department, which has been losing approximately $1 million per year for the last six years, is also affected by the decrease in enrollment because student fees are a primary source of monetary support for FAMU’s intercollegiate sports programs.  “Every dime we get is important, and there are a whole lot of things we could do with those monies if we had them,” Robinson said.

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