CUNY and Queens College Address Declining Enrollment

QUEENS COLLEGE–Within the last few years, CUNY has struggled to cope with declining student enrollment figures. As CUNY and Queens College face fiscal challenges, enrollment is a top priority for both institutions.

To date, CUNY’s enrollment has declined by 17% since 2019, which accounts for a total headcount decline of 274,904 students from the 2019 fiscal year to 225,881 in the 2023 fiscal year.

Student enrollment helps to ensure and maintain the financial stability of each CUNY. In a statement to The Knight News, Jennifer Jarvis, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Queens College expanded on this.

“Our enrollment numbers directly impact the college’s operational budget, which supports student services and personnel expenses. The ability of the college to replace employees upon separation and retirement has been delayed,” she said. “The college will continue to evaluate cost-effective methods to provide the campus community with services to support daily operations that maintain our quality academic standing,”