Topeka University tally down 1.2 percent; KU falls 1.8 percent
Spring semester enrollment at Kansas Board of Regents universities dropped 1.2 percent from a year ago, officials said Thursday.
Five of six regents universities, most significantly Kansas University, reported enrollment decreases on the 20th day of classes.
The grand total was 74,512 -- 882 fewer than spring 1996.
Stephen Jordan, regents executive director, said the overall reduction was anticipated based on a similar decline in fall semester 1996 enrollment.
University staff members are analyzing the numbers and will submit additional information to regents and the Legislature, he said.
"Situations vary at each ... campus," Jordan said.
The KU headcount plummeted 416 students to 23,305, a reduction of 1.8 percent. KU Medical Center's tally was 2,450, a decrease of 90 students, or 3.5 percent.
Only Wichita State University added students. Enrollment was 13,984, an increase of 168 students, or 1.2 percent.
Elsewhere, enrollment dropped 37 to 5,361 at Emporia State University; 116 to 17,365 at Kansas State University; 134 to 5,111 at Fort Hays State University; and 169 to 5,856 at Pittsburg State University.
On-campus enrollment at regents universities increased 457 to 70,061. Off-campus enrollment slipped by 1,339 to 4,451 -- a 23 percent decline.
Jordan said a reduction in off-campus enrollment was attributed to a new definition of "on-campus" as it related to WSU.
Effective in fall 1996, the definition was changed to the city of Wichita and industrial sites contiguous to the city. Only main campus enrollments had previously been included in this total.
Overall, the mix of in-state and non-resident students changed slightly. Resident enrollment fell to 59,345, a drop of 454, and nonresident enrollment dropped to 15,167, a reduction of 428.