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Posted on August 25, 2017

President Jones talks with new students as they move into the dorms.

For the first time since 2011, student enrollment at Cal U has grown.

As they prepare for the start of classes on Aug. 28, University officials anticipate an increase of about 3% in the overall student headcount compared to fall 2016, when 7,553 undergraduate and graduate students attended Cal U.

Enrollment totals will be finalized on the 16th day of instruction, the official “census date” for schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

The freshman class that arrived at Cal U Aug. 25 for the start of Welcome Weekend activities is the largest Cal U has seen since 2014.

The incoming students represent 52 counties in Pennsylvania, plus 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, admissions officials report.

In addition, international students from 33 countries will be represented on campus this fall.

“It’s wonderful to see so many new students about to begin their Cal U journey,” says Dr. Tracey Sheetz, dean of undergraduate admissions.

“As a class, their standardized test scores and other academic measures are strong — and they are so excited to be starting this new phase of their lives! I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the next four years.”

University officials attribute Cal U’s enrollment increase to a variety of factors, including improvements to the campus visit experience and scholarship awarding process. New academic programs in science and technology, business, and other high-demand fields are attracting career-minded students, and Cal U’s online degree and certificate programs remain popular, especially with working adults.

Why choose Cal U?

In all, Cal U offers more than 200 associate, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral and certificate programs in science and technology, education and human services, liberal arts, and professional studies. Learn more about admissions to Cal U.

Since 2006, The Princeton Review has annually recognized Cal U as one of the best colleges in the northeastern United States. Read more .

This summer Schools.com ranked Cal U No. 1 among the Best Four-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania, citing its academic quality and exceptional value. See what Schools.com says about Cal U.