Today, the board reported PSU’s total student headcount for the spring semester is 6,591, up a half percentage point from last spring’s total of 6,560. The university also saw an increase in students taking full-time coursework – up 1.4 percent, from 6,147 last spring to 6,234 this semester.
PSU President Tom Bryant credits the smart consumerism of students who are taking advantage of PSU’s flat-rate tuition program for the increase in full-time enrollment. The program allows students to take 10 or more credit hours per semester for the same flat rate, meaning a student could take 20 credit hours, if they chose, for the same cost as taking 10.
“Students appear to be maximizing their enrollment to make their tuition dollars go farther,” Bryant said. “These are hard economic times, and it’s advantageous for them to use this program to lower loan debt and get through college in less time. It is a big benefit to our students.”
While reflecting on overall enrollment growth, Bryant also noted the powerful economic impact of more students physically taking courses on the Pittsburg campus. At 92 percent, PSU’s percentage of students taking classes on campus remains one of the highest when compared to other Kansas Regents universities.
This important fact, he said, means more students are choosing to live, work, and spend their money in southeast Kansas. Last fall, an economic impact survey showed that each PSU student is worth more than $10,000 annually to the local economy. Pittsburg State University as a whole has a direct impact of more than $190 million annually in southeast Kansas and beyond.
While overall undergraduate enrollment is up slightly at .07 percent, graduate enrollment saw the biggest increase of 2.3 percent over last spring. Overall, students are enrolled in a record-breaking 87,610 credit hours.
“Given the financial uncertainties facing many of our students and their families, another semester of record enrollment speaks volumes about their feelings toward their Pitt State experience and the value they see in a PSU degree,” said Dr. Bill Ivy, dean of enrollment management and student success.
©2009 Pittsburg State University