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SUNY schools increase efforts to make enrollment and education more accessible to students after sharp decline

SUNY enrollment was dropping before the pandemic hit, but that made matters worse.

Since 2010, enrollment shrank by 20%. In the last year it’s dropped by 4.7%.

Different campuses did different things, with some going remote. 22,000 students in total left within the last year.


Costas Solomou, the Vice President for Enrollment Management at SUNY Geneseo, told Rochester First that the last three years had a 17% decline, which was clearly due to the pandemic.

He added that there has been a 12% increase since last fall, and it’s time to really find ways to support students and rethink priorities.

Changes include efforts to grow the number of students from marginalized groups, making the financial aid process better by utilizing a need-based model, and putting more funding toward low income students.



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