2011-08-25 / Local & State

Pa. School Sees Enrollment Drop Amid Drilling Boom

MANSFIELD, Pa. (AP) – Enrollment is down this year at a state university in northern Pennsylvania as prospective students consider tuition increases and employment opportunities in the booming natural gas industry there.

A Mansfield University spokesman said Thursday that total enrollment is down 5 percent to 6 percent from this time last year.

Spokesman Terry Day says university officials blame the drop on a 7.5 percent tuition increase, a struggling economy and attractive wages offered by companies in the natural gas industry.

Day says the school is losing some recent high school graduates from Bradford and Tioga counties to the opportunity to get good-paying jobs in the industry.

He says enrollment may rise if some students enroll late, and school staff is stepping up recruiting and advertising.

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