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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 2008

Fall 2017

Allegheny 7,525 6,518
Chester 5,756 6,261
Philadelphia 4,204 5,161
Montgomery 5,022 5,061
Lancaster 4,828 4,498
Delaware 3,844 4,333
Bucks 4,027 3,746
Berks 4,211 3,380
Erie 4,140 2,790
York 2,571 2,772
Lehigh 2,735 2,588
Monroe 2,460 2,428
Cumberland 2,460 2,323
Westmoreland 2,931 2,322
Northampton 2,573 2,300
Washington 1,989 1,970
Butler 2,125 1,902
Dauphin 1,807 1,775
Indiana 2,031 1,514
Luzerne 1,459 1,339
Franklin 1,424 1,308
Fayette 1,397 1,096
Schuylkill 1,277 1,042
Beaver 1,292 1,003
Columbia 1,156 991
Cambria 1,198 985
Lycoming 1,250 973
Mercer 1,336 955
Lackawanna 947 908
Northumberland 1,052 869
Clearfield 1,050 855
Crawford 1,444 855
Clarion 958 793
Lawrence 969 757
Venango 1,070 755
Lebanon 830 739
Centre 728 689
Armstrong 964 650
Adams 822 622
Pike 587 588
Jefferson 774 570
Blair 592 550
Clinton 618 531
Tioga 836 502
Bradford 775 492
Carbon 530 428
Union 348 328
Somerset 488 322
Wayne 343 320
Elk 479 319
McKean 318 306
Warren 412 300
Montour 296 285
Snyder 272 265
Greene 280 263
Perry 303 254
Mifflin 292 245
Huntingdon 232 184
Bedford 254 182
Susquehanna 289 180
Wyoming 157 120
Juniata 107 119
Potter 217 98
Fulton 96 81
Cameron 64 47
Forest 90 39
Sullivan 35 29
Total Pennsylvania 99,946 89,773
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​Enrollment Characteristics

 
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  Fall 2008 % Fall 2017 %
Residency        
Pennsylvania 99,850 89% 89,582 88%
Out-of-State (Total) 12,747 11% 12,719 12%
New Jersey 4,522   4,062  
New York 1,875   1,693  
Maryland 892   1,216  
Ohio 905   857  
Virginia 409   427  
Delaware 387   450  
         
Gender        
Female 66,001 59% 59,782 58%
Male 46,596 41% 42,519 42%
         
Traditional/Adult Learners        
Traditional  90,879 81% 82,537 81%
Adult Learners 21,718 19% 19,764 19%
         
Minority Status        
Minority 13,332 13% 20,846 21%
         
Race and Ethnicity*        
Black or African American 8,880 8% 10,278 10%
Hispanic or Latino 2,600 2% 5,621 6%
Asian 1,307 1% 1,541 2%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0% 86 <1%
Native American/Alaska Native 277 <1% 194 <1%
White 91,607 81% 77,776 76%
Two or more races 268 <1% 3,126 3%
Nonresident Alien 1,530 1% 1,647 2%
Unreported 6,128 5% 2,032 2%
         
Level of Study        
Undergraduate 96,954 86% 86,971 85%
Graduate 15,643 14% 15,330 15%
         
Full Time/Part Time         
Full Time 93,591 83% 84,098 82%
Part-Time 19,006 17% 18,203 18%
         
Total Headcount 110,428   104,779  
* Not all students report their race
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Ten Most Popular Areas of Study

Undergraduate

Disciplinary Field  

Total

1 Business Management 14,617
2 STEM* 14,503
3 Health Professions 10,289
4 Undeclared** 6,939
5 Education*** 6,669
6 Social Sciences**** 4,528
7 Parks/Recreation 4,421
8 Psychology 4,260
9 Visual/Performing Arts 3,910
10 Protective Services 3,478
 

Graduate

Disciplinary Field  

Total

1 Education** 4,897
2 Health Professions 2,496
3 Business Management 1,548
4 Public Admin 1,346
5 STEM* 1,095
6 Parks/Recreation 924
7 Psychology 615
8 English/Letters 477
9 Library Science 360
10 Social Sciences**** 261



* STEM includes Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer/Information Science, Mathematics, Engineering Tech, Environment Science, Engineering, and Science Technologies


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


*** Secondary Education majors are counted in their home discipline


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

 

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