K-State gain defies state enrollment trend

By The Mercury

Kansas State University has reached a record-high enrollment, according to data released by the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday.

Kansas State fall enrollment is 24,378 students, an increase of 515 students from fall 2011. This recent streak of record enrollment began in the fall of 2007, when K-State had 23,332 students enrolled.

K-State’s fall 2012 enrollment growth is the biggest increase among the state’s seven public universities and the third largest growth shown by any Regents institution. Only Hutchinson Community and Wichita Area Technical College grew more with increases of 599 students and 541 students respectively.

Ft. Hays State increased by 508 students and Pittsburg State increased by 14 students, but the other four public universities reported enrollment declines. That included a decrease of 779 students at the University of Kansas. Wichita State enrollment was off by 202 students.

The largest enrollment in K-State history includes growth on all three campuses. There are 21,179 students in Manhattan, 737 in Salina, and students are now enrolled in the Olathe campus’s new graduate programs. The university has 2,445 students enrolled online. The university increased its number of on campus graduate students by more than 100.

“Growing enrollment shows that Kansas State University has the momentum to become a top 50 public research university by 2025,” said President Kirk Schulz. “Our goals for K-State 2025 include building on our strengths of providing the best undergraduate educational experience, as well as increasing the number of doctorates we award,” he said. “The fact that more than 24,000 students have chosen to be part of the university family shows that they believe in the possibilities that lie ahead.”

This fall’s freshman class set another record for multicultural student enrollment. The campuses gained 161 more students identifying as Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or multiracial for a total of 3,379.

Countries around the world are represented in the university’s 2,045 international students, an increase of more than 180 from a year ago and another record for international student enrollment.

Manhattan Area Technical College fall enrollment is 747 students, an increase of 16 students from fall 2011.

All technical colleges grew in student population with the exception of Flint Hills Technical College, which was down by four students.

Overall, enrollment figures from the Kansas Board of Regents shows an increase of 458 students at the state’s 32 public universities, community colleges and technical colleges. The total system-wide enrollment is 188,694 students.

Enrollment was down at the seven public universities and 19 community colleges, decreases of 152 students and 150 students respectively. Enrollment was up at the six technical colleges by 705 students, an increase of 13.4 percent.

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