Pennsylvania System of Higher Education enrollment drops for fall term

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A university system already squeezed financially shared more unsettling numbers Wednesday.

Fall enrollment is down officially across the State System of Higher Education for the third consecutive year, with 12 of the 14 state-owned universities registering losses, including all five Western Pennsylvania schools.

Head count enrollment systemwide now stands at 112,315 students. That is 2.1 percent, or 2,469 students, fewer than last year, and 6 percent, or 7,198 students, below 2010's peak enrollment of 119,513, according to numbers shared with the system's board of governors Wednesday in Harrisburg.

With this fall's losses, six system schools now have seen double-digit declines over three years, chief among them Cheyney University, which has lost nearly 24 percent of its student population since 2010; Edinboro University, down almost 18 percent since 2010; and Clarion University, where enrollment has fallen just under 17 percent during those years.

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