​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Student DataWith 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 Characteristics

Enrollment Characteristics 2017
 
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​​

Ten Most Popular Areas of Study

​Undergraduate​

R​ank
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

Rank
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

Enrollment by County

County
Fall 2008
Fa​ll 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​​

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