KU sees slight enrollment increase for 2014-2015

Total enrollment at Kansas University grew less than 1 percent this year, a slightly slower pace than for the Regents university system overall.

According to official enrollment figures released by the Kansas Board of Regents, KU’s total enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester is 27,983, an increase of 199 students, or 0.72 percent, over the year before.

The Lawrence campus reported total enrollment of 24,612, an increase of 177 over last year, or 0.72 percent. Enrollment at the Medical Center in Kansas City grew by 22 students, or 0.66 percent, and now stands at 3,371.

For the state university system as a whole, enrollment grew by 1,381 students, or 1.47 percent, to a total of 95,170.

Wichita State University saw the largest percentage increase, 3.11 percent, for a total enrollment this year of 15,003 students.

Washburn University in Topeka, which is not a state university but is supervised by the Board of Regents, was the only university to see enrollment go down this year. It saw a net drop of 196 students, or 2.41 percent, for a total enrollment this year of 7,939 students.

Enrollment also declined throughout most of the state’s community college system, where enrollment dropped 4.34 percent this year, to 74,450 students. Enrollment fell at 17 of the 19 schools in that system.

Neosho County Community College saw the biggest decline. Enrollment there fell by 452 students, or nearly 17 percent. Even Johnson County Community College, the largest institution in the system, saw a decline of 242 students, or 1.23 percent.

Garden City Community College and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School were the only schools in that system to see enrollment increases. Enrollment grew by 89 students, or 4.46 percent, at Garden City, and by 3 students, or 0.16 percent, at Seward County.