The Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s total enrollment decreased from the fall 2013 to the spring 2014 semester, according to IUP’s office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.
IUP’s total enrollment, including undergraduate, graduate and culinary students, declined to 13,740 in spring 2014 from 14,728 in fall 2013 – a decrease of 988 students.
IUP’s director of media relations, Michelle Fryling, said this 7 percent decline is as expected.
“There is a myriad of reasons why students might not be able to return for the spring semester,” Fryling said. “Students may have had a bad semester, they have money problems. Generally spring semester does tend to be a little bit lighter than the fall, but we know that and so we plan accordingly.”
Along with that, nearly 800 students graduated in the winter commencement, according to Fryling.
James Begany, IUP’s vice president for enrollment management and communications, agreed that a spring total enrollment drop is normal and numbers are “right on track with our assumptions.”
Begany credits the “drop-off” to declining demographics saying, “we do expect to have some drop in enrollment as the number of high school seniors continues to decline.”
As reported earlier in The Penn, Begany predicts that Pennsylvania demographics will continue to decline until 2016.
Declining demographics were to blame in fall 2013, as well, when IUP suffered its first enrollment decline in four years.
Fall 2013 was met with a 579 student decrease when IUP’s total enrollment dropped to 14,728 students from 15,379 students the previous year, a 4 percent change.
While there was more of a decline between fall 2013 and spring 2014 than between spring 2013 and fall 2013, a large part of this drop in enrollment can be attributed to student graduation while some of the decrease – the loss of almost 200 students after the fall – is caused by other factors.