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With a combined enrollment of about 107,000 students, the State System is the largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania, and is among the largest university systems in the United States. The vast majority of students reside in the Commonwealth, and will stay here after graduation.

 
 

Enrollment by County

County

Fall 2007

Fall 2016

Allegheny 7,435 6,557
Chester 5,508 6,183
Philadelphia 4,216 5,352
Montgomery 4,746 5,235
Lancaster 4,709 4,664
Delaware 3,734 4,349
Bucks 3,846 3,947
Berks 4,224 3,421
Erie 4,236 3,111
York 2,447 2,891
Lehigh 2,702 2,497
Monroe 2,360 2,432
Northampton 2,550 2,424
Westmoreland 2,932 2,332
Cumberland 2,416 2,329
Butler 2,142 1,988
Washington 2,003 1,883
Dauphin 1,694 1,846
Indiana 2,039 1,517
Luzerne 1,466 1,424
Franklin 1,366 1,329
Fayette 1,435 1,102
Beaver 1,203 1,044
Schuylkill 1,188 1,039
Cambria 1,268 1,025
Mercer 1,305 1,024
Columbia 1,197 1,021
Lycoming 1,295 1,021
Lackawanna 996 950
Northumberland 1,078 898
Crawford 1,492 889
Clearfield 1,020 867
Clarion 943 836
Lawrence 1,022 796
Lebanon 761 739
Venango 1,081 724
Armstrong 1,005 701
Centre 652 686
Adams 710 655
Clinton 601 601
Pike 566 595
Jefferson 763 570
Bradford 794 559
Blair 576 552
Tioga 817 546
Carbon 516 435
Elk 491 341
Union 332 334
Somerset 501 323
Wayne 354 321
Warren 415 295
McKean 331 290
Montour 297 280
Snyder 290 278
Mifflin 299 268
Perry 294 257
Greene 284 213
Bedford 253 206
Susquehanna 297 189
Huntingdon 228 174
Juniata 119 118
Wyoming 153 117
Potter 230 110
Fulton 93 62
Cameron 67 43
Forest 81 39
Sullivan 49 30
Total Pennsylvania 98,513 91,874

​Enrollment Characteristics

 
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  Fall 2007 % Fall 2016 %
Residency        
Pennsylvania 98,852 90% 91,752 88%
Out-of-State (Total) 11,576 10% 13,027 12%
New Jersey 4,477   4,320  
New York 1,773   1,770  
Maryland 753   1,224  
Ohio 803   882  
Virginia 310   434  
         
Gender        
Female 64,657 59% 61,048 58%
Male 45,771 41% 43,731 42%
         
Traditional/Adult Learners        
Traditional  89,187 81% 85,320 81%
Adult Learners 21,241 19% 19,459 19%
         
Minority Status        
Minority 12,824 12% 20,556 20%
         
Race and Ethnicity*        
Black or African American 8,644 8% 10,415 10%
Hispanic or Latino 2,436 2% 5,295 5%
Asian 1,242 1% 1,500 1%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 - 85 <1%
Native American/Alaska Native 262 <1% 168 <1%
White 89,727 81% 80,831 77%
Two or more races 240 <1% 3,093 3%
Nonresident Alien 1,511 14% 1,781 2%
Unreported 6,366 6% 1,611 2%
         
Level of Study        
Undergraduate 95,704 87% 89,802 86%
Graduate 14,724 13% 14,977 14%
         
Full Time/Part Time         
Full Time 92,157 83% 86,905 83%
Part-Time 18,271 17% 17,874 17%
         
Total Headcount 110,428   104,779  
* Not all students report their race

Ten Most Popular Areas of Study

Undergraduate

Disciplinary Field  

Total

1  Business Management 15,044
2  STEM***** 13,842
3  Health Professions 10,491
4  Undeclared*** 9,875
5  Education** 7,024
6  Social Sciences**** 5,185
7  PsychologyPsychology 5,029
8 Parks/Recreation 4,786
9 Visual/Perforning Arts 4,026
10 Protective Services 3,805
 

Graduate

Disciplinary Field  

Total

1 Education** 4,559
2 Health Professions 2,261
3 Business Management 1,288
4 Public Admin 1,214
5 Parks/Recreation 1,025
6 STEM***** 772
7 Psychology 672
8 English/Letters 476
9 Undeclared*** 393
10 Library Science 353



* Excludes second majors

** Secondary Education majors are counted in their home discipline

*** Many entering students do not declare a major as freshmen

**** Social Sciences includes Criminology; Criminal Justice is in Protective Services

*****STEM includes Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer/Information Science, Mathematics, Engineering Tech, Environmental Science, Engineering, Science Technologies.

 

Source: Data Warehouse, Student Data Submission
Official Reporting Date: End of the 15th day of classes

4-year and 6-year graduation rates 

4-year: 38.6 percent (2010 cohort)

(national average among peer institutions): 22.5 percent 

6-year: 60.1 percent (2008 cohort)

(national average among peer institutions): 47.9 percent