There are more students from U.S. ethnic minorities and more international students attending Kansas University this fall.
Compared with a year ago, the number of African American, American Indian, Asian and Hispanic students on KU's campuses increased 3 percent to 2,326. International student enrollment climbed 2.2 percent to 2,181.
Ethnic minorities now represent 8 percent of KU's enrollment, while international students account for 7.6 percent.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig said today the numbers illustrate progress in diversifying the student body on KU's main campus in Lawrence and at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
"Increases in the number of ethnic minority students, as well as students from other countries and cultures, are particularly noteworthy given the difficulty of our nation's economy and enrollment declines at all Big Eight Conference universities," he said.
Overall enrollment at KU this fall semester declined by1 percent, or 299 students, to 28,862. There were 559 fewer white students.
KU enrolled students from all 105 counties, 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Budig said that expansion of scholarship programs had improved the university's ability to recruit academically inclined minority students.
This year, 89 outstanding Kansas high school seniors accepted Endowment Merit Scholarships. These are awarded to American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and black students based on college entrance exam scores, high school grade-point averages and high school curriculums.
KU's enrollment by ethnic group:
- African American, 769, an increase of 15. Enrollment of blacks declined in the 1980s, but has increased four consecutive years.
- Asian, 797, up 29. This has been the fastest-growing minority group during the past few years.
- Hispanic, 561, a climb of 15.
- American Indian, 199, up eight from 1992. The record high was 212 two years ago.
Students voluntarily identify their ethnic background during enrollment. There were 2,114 students who chose not to reveal their ethnic background to KU.