Enrollment up at K-State despite statewide decline

By Bryan Richardson

Kansas State University and Manhattan Area Technical College both bucked a trend with increased enrollment, according to data released Friday by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The jumps occurred despite the state’s overall higher education enrollment being down this fall.

Kansas State has 24,581 students enrolled, an increase of 203 and another record high.

Manhattan Area Technical College has 826 students enrolled, an increase of 79.

Pat Bosco, K-State vice-president of student life, said K-State continues to provide “a classic college experience.”

K-State also shows record numbers in the area of diversity with both domestic and international students. The university has more Hispanic students than any other Regents institution.

“These kinds of numbers year after year take a university-wide effort,” Bosco said. “It’s a direct result of people in leadership positions that care about our students.”

This fall, K-State has 3,458 domestic students of color (black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian/Pacific islander and multiracial), an increase of 79.

K-State has 2,106 international students, an increase of 61.

Bosco said interest in K-State is peaking, based on applications and attendance at prospective student events. “I can’t speak for other schools, but interest in K-State has been an all-time high, and it’s been that way for several years,” he said.

Overall, the Regents data showed a decrease of 2,504 students across the state’s 32 public universities, community colleges and technical colleges.

Mary Jane Stankiewicz, Regents government relations and communications director, said the Regents don’t have any concerns about the decrease, which is slightly over one percent.

She said it is a fairly common trend historically for universities following an economic downturn.

“Once you come out of a recessionary period, there are normally more jobs available for people, and they don’t feel the strong need to increase their education further,” Stankiewicz said.

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