Pitt-Bradford has exceeded its enrollment goals for new freshmen and
transfer students for the 2014-15 academic year.
Early enrollment numbers indicate
that 417 new freshmen and 154 transfer students have joined upperclass students
this fall when classes started Aug. 25.
Currently, Pitt-Bradford’s total enrollment stands at 1,531, a 4.5
percent increase over the enrollment count at this time last year. Of that
total, 1,402 students are full time, a 3.6 percent increase, and 129 are part time,
a 16 percent hike.
“We are pleased with these
enrollment numbers,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president,
“particularly in light of the declining number of high school graduates in our
region and beyond and the number of other institutions in Pennsylvania that are
experiencing significant enrollment declines.
“This tells us that more and more
students are recognizing the value of studying on a student-centered campus and
ultimately receiving a University of Pittsburgh degree.”
In addition to exceeding its
enrollment goals, Pitt-Bradford also has a record number of students living on
campus this fall.
The addition of Lester and Barbara
Rice House residence hall, which is opened for the first time this fall, brings
the total number of residence halls to 15, enabling the university to
accommodate more resident students than ever before. This fall, about 1,025 students are living on
Over the summer, as more students applied
for admission and requested on-campus housing, it appeared as if there still
wouldn’t be enough rooms on campus for students despite the addition of the new
residence hall. Therefore, the university decided once again to partner with the
Best Western Inn of Bradford to provide rooms for about 20 students. However,
due to several last-minute decisions by students, including some students who
decided to commute instead of live on campus and several international students
who were unable to enroll this fall, it appears that those additional rooms
will not be needed.
“We appreciate the professional relationship
we’ve developed over the years with the Best Western and our other business
partners in the community who help to accommodate our students and make their time
in Bradford a pleasant and productive one,” Alexander said. “Given the increased demand each year for on-campus housing there is every expectation that the
campus will need to partner with the Best Western next fall to accommodate the
students who cannot be housed on campus.”