September 24, 2009 12:00AM
For the fourth consecutive year, Pittsburg State University has set an enrollment record for the fall semester. This fall, Pitt State has 7,277 students enrolled, up 2.1 percent from last fall. Since 2004, the university has grown more than 11 percent.
PSU officials said they were pleased with the overall report, but especially with a 7.4 percent increase in domestic minority students and a 26 percent increase in student veterans, thanks in part to the new GI Bill. They also pointed out that more than 6,600 students are taking classes on-campus, which has a great impact on the local economy.
The numbers were released today by the Registrar's Office in coordination with the Kansas Board of Regents' official fall enrollment announcement.
"This is another good enrollment report," said PSU President Steve Scott. "I am impressed not only with the growth in numbers, but also in the quality of students who are increasingly making Pittsburg State University their first choice."
Dr. Bill Ivy, dean of enrollment management and student success, said the university uses a variety of strategies in recruiting students, but two of its most effective tools are current students and the faculty and staff.
"Students who are satisfied with their Pitt State experience go on to tell their friends about PSU," Ivy said. "Our faculty are great ambassadors for the university. When prospective students and their families visit, they are impressed with the friendliness of the faculty and their willingness to meet with students. After students enroll, that support from faculty helps improve retention, which is just as important as recruitment."
2009 Enrollment highlights:
On-Campus enrollment: 6,629
Student Credit Hours: 96,531 credit hours.