The numbers were officially released today by the Kansas Board of Regents. Enrollment numbers from each of the Regents universities are released each fall on the 20th day of classes. This is the second time in the university's 105-year history that more than 7,000 students are in attendance. Last year, the university topped that benchmark with 7,087 students.
With 1,104 new freshmen, university officials say they are pleased to see the largest freshman class since 1965. The junior and senior classes also broke records this year with 1,257 and 1,893 students, respectively.
"We are pleased with these numbers in light of the fact that there is so much uncertainty in our economy," said PSU President Tom Bryant. "Credit for this growth is shared by many within the university and our community."
Other areas of marked growth include the number of in-state residents, the number of graduate students, and the number of international students. Pitt State's Office of International Programs and Services has welcomed more than 500 international students this year (the largest number since the early ‘90s) from 40 different countries.
"We're really pleased about the numbers, especially in looking at the largest freshman class in 43 years," said Dr. William Ivy, dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. "Now that they are here, it's important for us to retain them and make sure they become successful graduates of Pittsburg State."
With more full-time students physically taking courses on campus, the effect on businesses in the community is no doubt significant. The results of an ongoing study will be released in a few weeks that will show the economic impact each student makes to the Pittsburg area.
This year, the total number of full-time equivalent students has increased by .7 percent, with students taking a total of 94,205 credit hours, up 407 credit hours over last fall. As the numbers steadily rise, Bryant said infrastructure and facilities will continue to be a priority.
"We are continuing to grow, and that's very important," Bryant said. "The increase in full-time students on the campus creates several positive challenges for the university and the community."
For more information on enrollment numbers, contact Dr. Ivey in Enrollment Management and Student Success at 620-235-4109 or PSU Registrar Debbie Greve at 620-235-4205.
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