Enrollment down from last year, tuition continues to climb
Both undergraduate and graduate enrollment at Penn State has seen an overall decline since last year both at University Park and the university as a whole, including Commonwealth and World Campus students. Overall enrollment has decreased by 350, with an even larger margin at University Park which stands at 651. 524 of the 651 student decrease is attributed to undergraduate students.
Penn State planned a 500 student reduction in class size this year to counter the larger freshman class that enrolled in 2016.
In total, Penn State has 98,783 students enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester, 47.18% of whom are at University Park. In addition, 30.76% reside at Commonwealth campuses, and 14.48% belonging to World Campus. The remaining 7.6% belong to Penn State graduate programs.
The gender breakdown at all Penn State campuses including World Campus is 45.6% female and 54.4% male and remains uniform across campuses with more males than females at University Park, as well as in all graduate programs excluding the College of Medicine, which is 55.1% female and 44.9% male.
National polls reflect that the average college yields a higher percentage of females than males, with some estimates pinning the average at 56% female and 44% male.
Penn State’s overall race and ethnicity statistics have seen increases from last year in Hispanic or Latino students, as well as with students that identify with two or more races. Enrollment has declined in the past year for American-Indian or Alaskan Native students, Asian students, Black or African-American students, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island students.
The biggest changes since Fall 2016 can be seen with a .3% decrease in enrollment of Black or African American students, a .4% increase in enrollment of Hispanic or Latino students, as well as a .5% increase in enrollment of students who identify with two or more races.
Commonwealth campuses see the biggest margin of change since last year in diversity with the enrollment of Black or African-American students decreasing by .8%.
International enrollment makes up 10.3% of the total student body, seeing an increase of .3% since last year.
Overall, 21.2% of Penn State’s student body is categorized as racially or ethnically diverse- a .5% increase from last year.
Tuition rates have seen an increase across the board at Penn State since the 2015-2016 school year, with changes varying based on the program. Program costs for both in-state and out of state students has increased on the following campuses: University Park, Hershey, Dickinson, Great Valley, Altoona, Berks, Erie, Harrisburg, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington-Scranton, York, and Abington.
“The continued development of a spectrum of baccalaureate programs at the Commonwealth Campuses has served our students well, offering flexible options and the opportunity to complete their degrees locally. The role of the Commonwealth Campuses in offering online courses has also served to address the growing demand from online learners and contributed to the expansion of the World Campus,” said Rob Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education in a release.
The remaining campuses, which includes Beaver, Dubois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Wilkes-Barre, and Shenango saw no change in tuition for in-state students and an increase for out-of-state students.