PA State System Sees Fewer College Freshmen

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year. The drop has left the State System of Higher Education with fewer than 100,000 students for the first time since 2001. Enrollment has fallen for eight years in a row, and only two schools didn’t see a decline this year, West Chester and Millersville. Student numbers that peaked at nearly 120,000 in 2010 are now just over 98,000. The decline comes as colleges compete for fewer high school graduates and state funding covers fewer system costs, leading to tuition hikes.