Overall enrollment increased this spring at KU, bucking a trend at most other state universities.
Students on Kansas University's main campus in Lawrence have a little extra elbow room this spring semester.
But a surge in enrollment at KU's Regents Center in Overland Park pushed the overall university headcount to 26,261, an increase of 134 students, or 0.5 percent, over last spring's total.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway liked that development.
"We're very encouraged by the figures," he said. "We think it represents KU's renewed emphasis on recruiting and meeting the needs of Kansans."
On KU's main campus, spring enrollment dropped 156 students, or 0.7 percent, to 21,836. KUMC's tally fell 3.7 percent to 2,540.
Enrollment at KU's off-campus sites, primarily the Regents Center, grew to 1,885, a 25 percent surge. The center offers advanced degrees in 12 fields to professional adults.
Headcount at the six Kansas Board of Regents universities dropped to 75,394 on the 20th day of classes -- the benchmark date used by the Legislature when developing budgets.
Much of the 218-student, or 0.3 percent, decline can be attributed to absence of nonresidents. Numbers of out-of-state students declined by 172 to 15,595.
Enrollment of resident students decreased by 46 to a total of 59,799 at the six public universities.
Overall, Wichita State University had the largest enrollment decline -- 233 students for a total of 13,816.
Other universities with lower enrollments: Emporia State, down 118 to 5,398; Kansas State, down 97 to 17,481; and Pittsburg State, down one to 6,025.
Pat Bosco, KSU associate vice president, said the report affirmed expectations. Enrollment should remain relatively flat through fall 1996, he said.
Enrollment was up at KSU's Technology School in Salina, by 86 students to 811. KSU's Veterinary Medicine School was steady at 357 students.
Public universities anticipate enrollment to surge later in the decade as high school graduation rates climb.
In addition to KU, an increase was reported at Fort Hays State University, up 11 students to 5,245.