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College announces record enrollment

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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As Kansas State University approaches its 150th year, the university reached another milestone: a record enrollment of 24,378. So did the College of Human Ecology, recording 2,516 students this fall compared with 2,467 in 2011.

The largest enrollment in university history includes growth on all three campuses. There are 21,179 students in Manhattan, 737 in Salina, and students are now enrolled in the Olathe campus's new graduate programs. The university has 2,445 students enrolled online. The university increased its number of on-campus graduate students by more than 100.

In Human Ecology, graduate students number 393, nearly half of them master’s degree students in the School of Family Studies and Human Services. FSHS also has the most undergraduates with 513. The other top enrollment programs are: dietetic 262 students, hotel and restaurant management 257 and apparel and textiles 194.

This fall's freshman class university wide, which numbers more than 3,800, set another record for multicultural student enrollment. The campuses gained 161 more students identifying as Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or multiracial for a total of 3,379. In the college, that number is 283.

The number of students coming to K-State from outside the United States also climbed to 2,045 this fall, up from a little more than 1,850 a year ago.

"Growing enrollment shows that Kansas State University has the momentum to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025," said President Kirk Schulz. "Our goals for K-State 2025 include building on our strengths of providing the best undergraduate educational experience, as well as increasing the number of doctorates we award. The fact that more than 24,000 students have chosen to be part of the university family shows that they believe in the possibilities that lie ahead."

Prepared by Human Ecology communications and university communications and marketing

This article was posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, Center on Aging, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.