Slippery Rock University faces ups and downs in student enrollment numbers


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John Blinn, Assistant News Editor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Despite student enrollment being down in schools all around western Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University is reporting more enrollment in some areas.

Based off of results shown in the university’s 15-day enrollment report, the number of graduate and out-of-state students coming to the school is increasing.

SRU’s number of graduate students increased by 7.69 percent, rising from 1,170 students to 1,260 students.

On the other end of the spectrum, total out-of-state enrollment increased by 6, resulting in 834 students.

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Along with these numbers rising, SRU’s diversity percentage continues to improve, also. The university’s Native American/Alaskan Native student count went up 20 percent, followed by the Hispanic population raising 3.06 percent.

Despite these improvements, Slippery Rock still faces the challenge of schools all over the states, overall decreased student enrollment.

In the spring of 2019, Slippery Rock enrolled 8,275 students in comparison to last year’s 8,368. Overall, the university lost 1.1 percent of its students, which translated to 93 college students.

SRU also saw decreases in undergraduate student enrollment and in-state student enrollment.

Undergraduate students decreased by 183 students or 2.54 percent from 7,198 to 7,015. Along with this, in-state enrollment dropped 88 students in their enrollment resulting in 7,336 students.