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December 10, 2009

Regionals’ enrollments grow

Three of Pitt’s regional campuses exceeded their enrollment goals for fall 2009, campus officials said.

Combined, the regionals this year enrolled slightly more than 7,000 students.

Pitt-Bradford topped its long-standing enrollment goal of 1,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) students.

UPB President Livingston Alexander said, “We’re very proud that we were able to reach this milestone three years in advance of our projected time frame.”

This year the campus has 1,535 FTE students, a double-digit percentage increase over fall 2008’s total of 1,398 FTEs. The campus also has recorded the largest total enrollment in its history at 1,657 students — 1,455 full-time and 202 part-time students — and its biggest freshman class of 418 freshmen, an increase over the 372 freshmen enrolled last fall.

Pitt-Johnstown enrolled 28 FTE students over the campus’s FTE enrollment goal of 2,950. UPJ enrolled 3,057 students in fall 2009, up slightly over fall 2008’s 3,032 students.

This fall the campus enrolled 2,978 FTE students, a small increase over fall 2008’s 2,945. Full-time students now number 2,925 (an increase over 2008’s 2,887) with 132 part-timers, according to Robert Knipple, executive director of external relations at UPJ.

Pitt-Titusville also exceeded its enrollment goal of 490 FTEs with 498 FTEs enrolled this fall.

UPT has broken its enrollment records with the largest number of full-time students in campus history. The campus enrolled 545 full- and part-time students for the 2009-10 academic year. The total of 466 full-time students exceeds the previous record of 455 such students set in 2007.

According to UPT President William A. Shields, “The positive enrollment figures are the result of a great deal of effort on the part of many individuals who devoted considerable time and energy into meeting, counseling and advising students throughout the summer and the days before the start of the fall term.”

Pitt-Greensburg fell slightly below its fall 2009 goal of 1,750 full-time equivalent students, with an FTE enrollment of 1,729 students. Last year the campus enrolled 1,737 FTEs.

Included in the 1,808 total enrollment in fall 2009 (down from 1,826 total students in fall 2008) are 1,676 full-time and 132 part-time students.

While UPG fell short of its enrollment goals, officials said the campus has made considerable progress toward meeting its companion strategic goal of increasing the academic profile of its classes. For fall 2009, academic quality measures increased in all categories, including a 5.2 point increase in the SAT average and a 0.08 point increase in high school GPA average. “We increased our selectivity by 6 percent,” said Heather Kabala, Pitt-Greensburg’s director of Admissions.

—Peter Hart

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