Regents universities dip in enrollment

The six universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system declined in fall enrollment for the first time since 1996.

The schools had showed a steady increase for the past 13 falls, regents spokesman Kip Peterson said today.

This year's fall enrollment showed the six public universities in Wichita, Emporia, Hays, Lawrence, Manhattan and Pittsburg combined at 93,132 students, a dip of 175 students and .2 percent.

The University of Kansas had the largest drop with 542 fewer students, or 1.8 percent. The Lawrence campus dropped 560 students, while the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan, gained 18.

Enrollment systemwide — including community colleges and technical schools — gained 1.8 percent for a total of 187,398 students.

Wichita State and Kansas State universities' enrollments were flat. WSU lost 17 students; K-State added seven students.

KSU's fall enrollment of 23,588 was a school record, surpassing the mark set last fall.

Washburn University had the largest gain, up 7.3 percent for 7,876 students.

The regents' 19 community colleges increased enrollment 3.3 percent, combining for a total of 81,474 students.

Cowley Community College gained the most, up 21.2 percent for 4,850 students. Butler increased 6.2 percent with 10,116 students.

The six technical colleges showed a 5.7 percent gain for a total of 4,916. Wichita Area Technical College, which has the largest enrollment of the six, was the only one to lose students. WATC has 2,030 students, dropping 4.1 percent (87 students).

Enrollment and percent of change for the state's six state universities:

* Emporia State, 6,262, -0.8 percent

* Fort Hays State, 11,883, 5.1 percent

* Kansas State, 23,588, 0 percent

* University of Kansas, 29,462, -1.8 percent

* Pittsburg State, 7,131, - 2.0 percent

* Wichita State, 14,806, -0.1 percent