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CSU-Pueblo's campus is a little emptier this fall--down about 200 students (4.5%), compared to this time last year.

"You know, it wasn 't unexpected," VP of Enrollment Chrissy Holliday.

She says one early indicator was smaller graduating classes from the college's local "feeder" schools.

"We also previously had had higher enrollment in classes that were graduating from here," Holliday explained.

"So continuing enrollment was a little bit down as well because we were losing some of those larger classes," she added.

But while the campus braced for a smaller enrollment, they also started planning for how to get those numbers back up--like changing their recruitment approach, as well as improving the campus atmosphere for current students.

"Our new Occhiato University Center will be opening later this year.  We know having that nice renovated space is very attractive to our students," said Holliday.

The renovated UC is expected to open early next year.

"And then, our Foundation has actually opened up a brand new taphouse and restaurant."

ThunderZone Pizza and Taphouse, located across the street from the college's football stadium, has already generated a lot of buzz in the short time its been open.

"It's great.  Every time I wear my shirt and go back on campus, people are like 'oh you wear that, that's so cool!'" said hostess and CSU-Pueblo sophomore Nikita Wint.

She says the new taphouse gives students a reason to stay close to campus when they're not in class.

"We had our first game about two weeks ago.  Just the turnout here was amazing.  It's really picking up and its a great attraction for our school."

And back on campus, the 4.5% dropoff hasn't seemed to affect students.

"I hadn't really noticed," CSU-Pueblo junior Jacob Cibulka told News5, while walking on campus Wednesday.

Some of the students are actually hoping it will be more noticeable in the classroom this semester.

"You get more interaction with the professor.  You get more interaction not just with the staff, but your fellow students as well.  You actually get to know them and see the progression with them," said Cibulka.

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