Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

At 30,102 students, KU enrollment touted as record-breaking

Enrollment numbers are in and they are big for KU. Simply put - it all ads up to a lot of Jayhawks.

September 25, 2008, 12:18 p.m. Updated September 25, 2008, 6:05 p.m.


A record number - 30,102 students - enrolled at Kansas University for the fall semester.

KU leaders also touted the academic achievements of the large freshman class and the student body's diversity, as the Kansas Board of Regents released its fall 2008 enrollment head count.

"It's what I would call a triple victory," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.

Since 2007, KU's total enrollment for the Lawrence and Edwards Campus in Overland Park increased 2.5 percent to 26,999 students. Kansas University Medical Center's enrollment jumped 6.3 percent - the highest percentage increase of any state university - to 3,103 students.

Hemenway credited the academic reputation of KU's faculty and the hard work of the admissions office for the spike.

First-time freshman enrollment was 4,483, and their average ACT composite score was 24.8, which was higher than the 24.6 average score for the 2007 class and the national average of 22.

Minority enrollment jumped to 12.7 percent.

Of the freshman class, black students increased by 27.8 percent and Latino students jumped by 23.4 percent compared with 2007 numbers. The new Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center near the Kansas Union probably helped provide a new facility for recruiters to show off, the chancellor said.

"They know that the university is going to be a welcoming environment," Hemenway said.

KU leaders on Thursday also touted the recently approved four-year tuition compact that locked a fixed tuition rate for this year's freshman class.

"The value of understanding what they are going to pay for four years is really helpful to families," said Heidi Simon, KU's associate director of freshman recruitment.

KU leaders noted the university received widespread attention in January and April after the football team's Orange Bowl victory and the men's basketball team's national title. Hemenway said no one shies away from reminding students about those successes, but he said KU probably won't see an admissions bump from that until next year's class.

Simon said 80 percent of applications were in before Dec. 31, 2007. The championships might have been the "icing on the cake" for many students, she said.

"We asked them why they chose KU and the most overwhelming response almost 70 percent was academic reputation," Simon said.

Outside the medical center's gains, the Lawrence campus accounted for the rest of the overall enrollment increase.

Bob Clark, vice chancellor for the Edwards Campus, said enrollment there was down 3 percent or by 45 students compared with 2007, mostly because the doctor of pharmacy online program is not taking new students.

The campus, which mostly serves working professionals, also had a huge graduating class last year, so the slight drop this year was not a concern, Clark said.

Hemenway said the higher enrollment numbers also offer challenges for trying to serve more students, but he said the news about record enrollment can also help morale among students, faculty and staff.

"KU offers the kind of education that modern students want," Hemenway said.

Overall in the Kansas Board of Regents system, all six state universities reported enrollment increases, including Fort Hays State University's 5.4 percent increase.


Confrontation 9 years, 8 months ago

sailor: I think KU should provide in-state tuition for all children of KU alumni.

fabian_zimbabwe 9 years, 8 months ago

Fabian-They brought back the whistle a couple weeks ago.Jonathan KealingOnline editorOops, my mistake...guess I missed that somehow. Thanks for the clarification!

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 8 months ago

Maybe the increased enrollment will help with the "crumbling classrooms." (tear rolls down cheek)

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 8 months ago

Fabian-They brought back the whistle a couple weeks ago. Jonathan KealingOnline editor

sailor 9 years, 8 months ago

My wife and I are KU grads and we moved out of KS. Too bad we can't affort to send our kids to KU.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 8 months ago

fabian: "Okay, so now that KU has all that extra tuition, let's bring backthe steam whistle!"Jonathan Kealing: "They brought back the whistle a couple weeks ago." Let's bring back the Independence Day fireworks display!( Jonathan...? )

Richard Heckler 9 years, 8 months ago

Hey commissioners here is why Lawrence should focus primarily on education as the major industry and forget warehouses. No matter what, humans seek out ways to improve their chances for employment even during difficult economic I read. Since Douglas County won't do it why not do what we can to encourage JCCC to set up a real live campus in Lawrence,Kansas? JCCC is doing some things here I know.OR why not a Vo-Tech campus in Lawrence. People come to Lawrence for Art shows, football,basketball,downtown and education.

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 8 months ago

Heh. Don't think I can help you there. But they did do it out at the lake, you know.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

sailor 9 years, 8 months ago

Confrontation: Thank you for your sympathy. After reading the article about how the illigal imigrants getting in state tuition, I just fell backwards in my chair. After living and working for over 20 years in KS and paying taxes, I would have guessed that that they might do something for us. On top of that, Grandmother and six of ther childeren still work and pay taxes in KS. Maybe this should be an issue in state of KS, and they should consider in-state tuition for those fit in such criteria.The public and state schools suck, here in GA. Only thing these folks are good at is football... Last at most everything else (SAT, ACT, GPA,.....). I'm ready to move back.

buckledup 9 years, 8 months ago

can some of the extra money go into remodeling 'the wheel'? ;)

canusayduh 9 years, 8 months ago

so...record enrollment...what's with all the layoffs/terminations then, and the budget cuts?

fabian_zimbabwe 9 years, 8 months ago

Okay, so now that KU has all that extra tuition, let's bring back the steam whistle!

yankeevet 9 years, 8 months ago

So many new graduates; more student loans; and no jobs............

Solutions101 9 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they can stop screwing over students so much??? Just a thought. Begin with investing in sidewalks and not forcing all students to pay for those stupid buses who takes lazy students from the dorms to the top of the hill. Wait.. that would make too much sense.

Shardwurm 9 years, 8 months ago

Record enrollment - also record tuition.The overhead is the same whether there are 5 or 50 students in a class....yet the middle class continues to pay a premium for grad-student-taught classes.Sweet.

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