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The Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s total enrollment did not meet estimations projected by its Division of Enrollment Management and Communications.
In July, the Division projected that IUP would see 14,800 students. This projection meant a 579 student decrease from the fall 2012 enrollment of 15,379.
However, as of Sept. 16, IUP’s enrollment reached only 14,728 – 72 students less than the Division initially estimated.
The number includes 12,471 undergraduates and 2,257 graduate students, according to a Sept. 18 IUP news release.
The decline in students from fall 2012 and fall 2013 has been credited to a decline in western Pennsylvania demographics, according to Michelle Fryling, director in IUP’s office of media relations.
“We had projected 14,800,” Fryling said, “but there are a lot of factors that affect enrollment: a declining number of high school graduates and a challenging economy that could affect students’ ability to be able to afford college and other factors that are individual to the person.”
Lower enrollment numbers were not caused by accepted students “backing out.”
In fact, IUP’s “yield deposit to arrival,” or student retention, was high, according to James Begany, vice president of the division.
“The final number was off by just 0.4 percent of the goal,” Begany said.
“Trying to nail [the reason for the miscalculation] exactly is tough. Possibly some small drop in the number of upper-class students, but in the end, [the projection was] very close.”
Fall enrollment for all IUP sites combined, including the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts in Punxsutawney and the IUP Criminal Justice Training Center, is 14,997 this year, down from 15,663 in fall 2012.