Archive for Saturday, August 17, 1991


August 17, 1991


When fall classes start each year at Kansas University, life can be a blur for some new Jayhawks.

There are so many people and so many things to do. Students may wonder what they've gotten themselves into.

A look inside the numbers indicates they've become part of KU's multicultural, international melting pot.

In the fall of 1990, students representing all 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states and more than 90 nations were taking classes at KU.

The combined KU enrollment on its Lawrence, Kansas City and Wichita campuses was a record 28,909.

"We look for much the same this fall, but we're never really certain what's going to happen," said Del Brinkman, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

KU's enrollment policy the past several years has been to stabilize enrollment with application deadlines for all students and admission requirements for non-residents.

"It's been successful in terms of limiting enrollment growth," Brinkman said.

THE STUDENT population has been fairly constant the past few years.

In 1986, KU had 28,259 students. Enrollment increased 461 in 1987, decreased 317 in 1988 and increased 370 in 1989.

Over the five-year period, enrollment on all KU campuses grew by 650.

On the Lawrence campus, the fall 1990 tally climbed to 26,436, a 776-student increase since 1986.

At KU Medical Center facilities in Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., fall enrollment was 2,473, an increase of 107 since 1986.

With a few setbacks, the student body has grown steadily since KU was founded 125 years ago.

The university topped the 1,000-student mark in 1896. Other milestones: 5,000 in 1946; 15,000 in 1967; 25,000 in 1977.

KU officials said 11,900 people applied to KU for admission in the fall of 1990. Of those, 5,700 enrolled.

According to the official enrollment totals, women had the edge at KU last year. KU's student body was made up of 14,756 women and 14,153 men.

Although Kansans make up a majority of students at KU, enrollment by Kansans declined last year while non-resident enrollment increased.

A TOTAL of 19,071 Kansas residents, a decrease of 15, and 9,838 non-residents, an increase of 151, were taking classes at KU last fall.

The freshman class was the largest, with 6,007 students. Other class totals: sophomore, 4,038; junior, 3,980; senior, 4,889.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolled the majority of students on the Lawrence campus 13,543.

Among KU's professional schools, the graduate school had the highest enrollment at 6,177.

Totals of other schools: engineering, 1,606; medicine, 1,416; fine arts, 1,150; education, 1,026; journalism, 896; business, 767;

And, architecture, 690; social welfare, 598; law, 520; and pharmacy, 277; nursing, 276; allied health, 266.

Minority enrollment also increased last fall, reaching a record 1,747. That represented a 6.6 percent increase.

A three-year enrollment decline among black students ended. There were 644 blacks at KU, an increase of two.

Enrollment of Native Americans declined, falling to 158 from 219. Enrollment of Asians and Hispanics increased last fall. There were 521 Asians, an addition of 56, and 424 Hispanics, an increase of 56.

International student enrollment increased last fall to 1,933, another KU record. The fall 1989 total was 1,876.

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