That is down from a high of 15,668 in 2012-13, a 35 percent decline.
IUP’s new freshman fall class of 1,817 students have a high school grade-point average of 3.4, up from both the fall 2019 freshman class GPA of 3.31 and the fall 2018 GPA of 3.28. A total of 133 of the new fall freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 29 were valedictorians or salutatorians. This compares to 112 new freshmen in fall 2019 who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and 16 who were valedictorians or salutatorians.
“Because of the continued demographic challenges that we continue to face, we anticipated a decline in overall enrollment well before the pandemic,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said in a news release issued Friday. “When the pandemic hit, we adjusted our projections, and due to incredibly hard work on many fronts across university offices and divisions, we exceeded these enrollment projections, even in the face of an unprecedented global health crisis.
“We also saw an increase in persistence for our continuing students, which shows us that our students have confidence in us to continue to provide them with a safe, healthy and outstanding educational experience, despite the uncertainties of COVID-19. That is a very important testament to our continued focus of being a fully student-centered university,” he said.
IUP also saw an almost 2.5 percent increase in yield for fall 2020, which means the percent of students who applied, were accepted, and then enrolled at IUP was higher than in past years.
“We’ve really worked to become even more strategic in our approach to admissions and enrollment management,” IUP Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Patricia McCarthy said in the release. “We believe in investing in our students financially and have done so with an increase in both merit and need-based financial aid for both new and continuing students.
“For example, because we know that the pandemic continues to take a toll on our students and their families, we made a decision in the fall to invest $3 million to provide a one-time $300 grant for all enrolled students,” McCarthy said. “We distributed more than $5 million in CARES Act funding to our students impacted by the pandemic during the spring semester to help them to continue their studies. Alumni and friends have donated almost $300,000 to IUP’s Emergency Response Fund/Student Assistance Fund, which has been distributed to more than 400 students facing financial hardships due to the pandemic to help them to continue their education.”
IUP’s total fall 2020 population includes 2,053 students in the university’s nearly 50 master’s programs and 14 doctoral programs, comparable with 2019 enrollment figures.
There are 273 students enrolled in career preparation programs this fall: 30 in the Criminal Justice Training Center, 138 at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Punxsutawney, 48 students in the paramedic training program, 28 in the Emergency Medical Services program and 20 in the school resource officer training program.
Of the total enrollment for fall, 397 students are international, representing 54 countries. A total of 637 students (undergraduate and graduate) are from outside of Pennsylvania.
The College of Health and Human Services has the largest total undergraduate and graduate enrollment: 2,570 and 500, respectively; the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has 1,137 undergraduates and 258 graduate students; the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has 1,431 undergraduate and 156 graduate students; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has 698 undergraduates and 397 graduate students; the College of Education and Communications has 985 undergraduates and 667 graduate students; the College of Fine Arts has 374 undergraduates and 41 graduate students; the University College has 473 undergraduate students; and Extended Studies has 91 undergraduate and 16 graduate students.
IUP fall enrollment and percentage of decline
2020: 10,067 (5.3%)
2019: 10,636 (8.8%)
2018: 11,581 (7.8%)