Despite tuition freeze and strong local economies, Pennsylvania public schools see enrollment lagging behind
PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) – From Shippensburg to Millersville University and a dozen campuses in between, enrollment at public universities in Pennsylvania is dropping. Officials say this is happening in many states right now – and unsurprisingly, they blame COVID.
“It’s because of the pandemic. A lot of students who were thinking about university at the time decided not to do it or pursue other things or maybe take a break, ”said Janet Kacskos, director of communications at the University. Millersville.
With fewer high school students graduating, that also means fewer enrollments.
In a statement, the Pa. State System of Higher Education says it continues to pursue an aggressive enrollment and recruitment strategy and that its efforts are aimed at righting the ship, including increasing enrollment, especially among groups of students. under-served students.
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Something the students of Millersville see firsthand.
“We have reduced tuition fees for several years in a row now. We have also recently reduced our residence costs as other universities become more expensive, ”said Madison Whitcomb, student manager at Millersville University.
It doesn’t stop there. With production companies like Rock Lititz investing dollars in the local economy, Millersville University sees this as an opportunity.
“We make sure that students get jobs when they graduate, so we have a bunch of new entertainment programs as the entertainment industry is booming, especially in Lancaster County,” added Kacskos.
Officials tell us they are doing everything they can to attract more students, including removing the application fee and SAT / ACT requirements, all in hopes of bringing more young people into the classroom. ‘Higher Education.