Kansas University officials are pleased with both the quality and quantity of students this semester.
Kansas University officials are pleased with the 20th-day enrollment figures released Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents office in Topeka.
The regents' report shows enrollment on KU's Lawrence and Edwards campuses grew 1 percent, or 251 students, from fall 1998.
Enrollment at the Kansas University Medical Center declined by 1.5 percent, or 38 students, compared to last year.
The total increase in enrollment for the university, including the medical center, is eight-tenths of a percent.
"We're most pleased with the quality of students we're bringing to the university," said Alan Cerveny, director of admissions and scholarships.
University officials confirmed that 101 National Merit Scholars are attending KU. Chancellor Robert Hemenway set a goal of bringing 100 National Merit Scholars to the university by 2000.
Hemenway had previously announced the number of National Merit Scholars to the Board of Regents at its August meeting.
Enrollment at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park showed the biggest increase, 12 percent. This semester 2,022 students are attending classes at Edwards compared to 1,805 last year.
For the six state universities governed by the Board of Regents, enrollment was up 1.3 percent from last year.
A total of 81,426 students are attending KU, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University and Fort Hays State University.
Kansas State showed the biggest increase in number of students, 612, over last year.
K-State set a new record for total enrollment with 21,543 students on campus this fall. The previous record was 21,507 in fall 1991.
The largest percentage increase was at Emporia State, with 191 more students, or 3.5 percent more than last year.
The only university recording a drop in enrollment was Wichita State, which reported 160 fewer students on its campus compared to last year.
The steady state of enrollment showed the quality of the regents system, said the board's executive director.
"The stability in enrollment reaffirms the strength of our universities," said Kim Wilcox.
The regents office releases the 20th-day enrollment figures only after each of the universities have reached the 20th day in the semester. The 20th day of enrollment at KU was Sept. 16.
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