Penn State reports record enrollments
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The state's largest university just keeps getting larger. Penn State University officials said Tuesday that the university had set enrollment records both systemwide and on the main campus at University Park. Total enrollment was 83,177 -- 139 higher than last year's record -- and of those, 41,795 were enrolled at University Park, 350 more than last year.
There is some room for growth at some outlying campuses, but John Romano, vice provost and dean for enrollment management, said the University Park figure falls within the university's goal of keeping enrollment at the main campus relatively stable.
"Penn State is committed to maintaining enrollment at University Park between 40,000 and 42,000 students, which is what we believe to be the ideal capacity at this campus," Romano said.
Penn State Altoona remained the largest of the outside campuses, although enrollment was down 111 to 3,774. The Erie, Harrisburg and Abington campuses also have enrollment exceeding 3,000.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special-mission campus in Williamsport, is the largest facility outside University Park, with enrollment of 6,255, almost 300 higher than last year. Enrollment also rose at the College of Medicine in Hershey and Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle.