University of Maryland officials say enrollment in the school system will drop by one percent.
The University System of Maryland is expecting to see a drop in enrollment this fall for the first time since the 1990s.
University officials say they expect system-wide enrollment to drop one percent from last fall's figure of about 153,000. That would translate to roughly 1,500 fewer students around the system this fall.
The Baltimore Sun reports that officials attribute the decline to several factors, including a nationwide drop in the number of high-school graduates and competition from other schools.
At a board of regents committee meeting, they said while most campuses, including College Park and Baltimore County will see the number of enrolled students stay flat, that will likely be offset by a drop in enrollment of near 6.5 percent in the online programs offered by the University of Maryland University College, which already saw a decline of near 6 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Over the long term, projections show enrollment rising again, with a near 12 percent increase expected systemwide by 2023.