HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania are seeing enrollment fall by 4 percent this year, including a nearly 38 percent decline at Cheyney University outside Philadelphia.
Enrollment has fallen for eight years, and only two schools didn’t see a decline this year, West Chester and Millersville.
Kutztown and Slippery Rock saw only modest declines.
Student numbers that peaked at nearly 120,000 in 2010 are now just over 98,000.
A system spokesman says one factor is an ongoing decline in the number of high school graduates in western Pennsylvania.
Cheyney, the nation’s oldest historically black college, has 469 students this year, down from 755 last year.