Enrollment continues to decline across New York’s publicly funded university system, according to new data released last month.
The 1.6 percent dip in total enrollment from fall 2017 to fall 2018 marks the eighth straight year the State University of New York has experienced such a decline.
Community colleges — which account for 30 of SUNY’s 64 campuses across the state — have been the driving force behind the falling enrollment numbers.
Enrollment across state-operated four-year institutions experienced about a 1 percent uptick in enrollment to about 224,000 students, but community colleges combined for a 4.6 percent decrease from fall 2017 and fall 2018.
The more than 9,500 student drop saw community college enrollment dip below 200,000 — a stark contrast from 2010 when enrollment combined for nearly 250,000 and accounted for over half of SUNY’s total enrollment.
Since 2015, community colleges have seen a 10 percent drop in enrollment, losing more than 23,000 students.