A spring semester enrollment decline at KU wasn't a surprise. The handwriting was on the wall last fall when about 1,000 fewer students showed up for classes.
Opening-day student enrollment at Kansas University dropped to the lowest level for a spring semester in five years, officials said Friday.
A headcount Wednesday, the first day of classes, totaled 25,240 on KU's main campus in Lawrence, KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the Regents Center in Overland Park.
That represented a decline of 839 students -- 3.2 percent -- from spring semester 1994. In the last two years combined, KU's spring enrollment has fallen 1,113.
Del Shankel, interim KU chancellor, anticipated an enrollment decline this spring because about 1,000 fewer students than expected signed up for classes last fall.
In response, Shankel said he allocated additional university resources to bolster student recruitment.
The next chancellor, Robert Hemenway, will be faced with the challenge of reversing the enrollment slide, Shankel said.
KU officials said enrollment on the main campus in Lawrence was 21,319, a decline of 1,041. KUMC's enrollment slipped 17 students to 2,602.
At the Regents Center, which offers graduate programs to non-traditional students, enrollment increased 219 to 1,319.
A demographic breakdown indicated two-thirds of KU students were Kansans. The enrollment picture looked like this: 16,947 in-state students, a reduction of 496; 8,293 out-of-state students, a drop of 343.
More male than female students divorced themselves from KU in the past year. There were 12,331 males, a decline of 472; 12,909 females, a decline of 367.
On the Lawrence campus, KU lost students from all four undergraduate ranks. The totals were: 3,406 freshmen, down 477; 3,558 sophomores, down 18; 3,651 juniors, down 66; 5,430 seniors, down 182.