Fall enrollment at KU was down 162 students from last year, contributing to an overall decline at Kansas Board of Regents universities.
Enrollment at five of six state universities -- including Kansas University -- declined this fall semester, officials announced Thursday.
Headcount at Kansas Board of Regents universities was 79,662, a loss of 688 students or 0.8 percent from fall 1995.
The tally on the 20th day of classes was 27,407 on all KU campuses, which also amounted to a one-year drop of 0.8 percent.
Enrollment on the main campus in Lawrence declined 162 students to 24,874. KU Medical Center had 2,533 students, a reduction of 70.
Only Fort Hays State University managed to bolster enrollment. The student body expanded by 4 percent to 5,540.
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, KU associate provost for academic services, said KU officials were happy with results of efforts to recruit bright, highly motivated students to the university.
"We are very pleased with the new freshman class, not only for its size but for its academic quality," she said.
Enrollment of first-time freshmen at KU increased this fall 2.5 percent to 3,644. A higher percentage of the class qualified for the Honors Program and for academic scholarships than a year ago. There are a record 59 National Merit Scholars in the group.
It was the second year in a row the number of first-year students had increased at KU.
Among other regents universities, Wichita State University had the largest enrollment reduction. The school lost 304 students, or 2 percent, for a total of 14,264.
Kansas State University's overall enrollment -- including the veterinary center in Manhattan and technology college in Salina -- slipped to 20,324, a reduction of 152 students or 0.7 percent.
"As our tuition for out-of-state students has gone up, we have become less competitive in our traditional out-of-state markets. These changes in cost are reflected in this fall's enrollments," said Pat Bosco, KSU associate vice president for institutional advancement.
A total of 63,376 Kansas residents were at regents universities, a decrease of 666. Twenty-two fewer nonresidents -- 16,286 -- entered the schools.
As for the enrollments at the two remaining universities: Pittsburg State, at 6,355, was down 71 or 1.1 percent; Emporia State, at 5,772, was down 140 or 2.3 percent.