SUNY enrollment down 6% this fall, brings decline over last decade to 16%

The Coronavirus Pandemic has had a big impact on colleges across the state.

However, even SUNY schools were adversely effected by the pandemic. Data recently published by the D&C shows that enrollment declined 6% for the fall semester.

Meanwhile, the decline over the last decade has been even greater. Enrollment is down some 16% at SUNY schools and nearly 30% at community colleges across the state operated under the SUNY banner.

Officials were somewhat optimistic about the numbers, though.

They said the decline of 6% was less than what they expected.

“Overall, our preliminary enrollment picture is quite a bit more favorable than we anticipated in March and even what we were predicting in the summer,” SUNY Provost Tod Laursen said this week.