Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wichita State University reported enrollment for the fall 2011 is 15,100 students, a two percent increase since last year.
Officials said it is the first time since 2002 that WSU's fall enrollment has surpassed 15,000 students.
Total student credit hours also increased to 161,810, the highest number of credit hours in three decades.
"This year we achieved our goal in student enrollment and credit hour production," said Wichita State President Don Beggs. "The higher enrollment is because of a combination of factors - increased focus and initiatives for retention of current students and the recruitment of new freshmen and new transfers."
There are 1,366 new freshmen attending WSU this fall, an increase of 4.7 percent. The number of new transfers is 1,471, an increase of 5.8 percent.
"Students and parents continue to place high value on what we offer at Wichita State University and the experienced-based learning opportunities that set us apart from other higher education choices," said Wade Robinson, vice president for Campus Life and University Relations.
About 86 percent of the student body is composed of Kansas residents, with 9,642 students from Sedgwick County.