September 14, 2017

ESU reports enrollment growth

EAST STROUDSBURG - At the beginning of the third week of the fall semester, East Stroudsburg University reports graduate student and new freshman enrollment up, with total enrollment at 6,804 students. Overall enrollment decreased by 26 students from last year, a 7.6 percent decrease in new transfer student enrollment and a 24 percent decrease in the number of freshmen from New York, offset the enrollment increases.

“Nationally, colleges and universities have seen a decline in transfer enrollments as the economy strengthens and jobs become more plentiful,” said David Bousquet, vice president for enrollment management at ESU. “Additionally, while students from New Jersey and New York continue to make up 22 percent of our entering class, it’s difficult to compete with New York State’s program that offers free tuition for in-state students.” 

“These are difficult, competitive times for many colleges and universities,” said President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “Despite our recruitment challenges, I am extremely proud of the work being done on our campus to make ESU a wonderful second home for students and a place where they may flourish to become successful stewards of our future. As President of ESU, I remain confident that we will continue to bring innovation and creativity to everything we do, offer our students the very best in all aspects of the college experience, and prepare our graduates for the workforce of today and tomorrow,” Dr. Welsh said.

ESU’s Colleges of Education and Health Sciences have both experienced increases in undergraduate and graduate enrollment this fall with faculty and administrators attributing their success to high quality programs, a clear focus on career preparation, and the growing awareness of the rapidly expanding employment opportunities for students earning degrees in these areas.

  East Stroudsburg University also continues to invest in its infrastructure to provide students with great facilities. The most recent example was the opening, this fall, of Sycamore Suites, which houses 496 students.  Sycamore provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and is equipped with sustainability initiatives that appeal to student demands, according to Robert Moses, director of residence life and housing. “The new suites, combined with traditional residence halls,   allows us to house nearly 3,000 students,” said Moses. 

For information about the university and its academic programs or about applications for 2017, call the ESU Office of Admissions at (570) 422-3542 or visit

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