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September 22, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU sets records for fall enrollment, highest minority enrollment

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas significantly raised its number of freshmen National Merit scholars and increased the average ACT scores for first-time freshmen as it once again set enrollment records, according to official fall 2005 figures released today by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The university also set a new mark for best minority enrollment on record. Minority enrollment overall increased 117, or 3.4 percent, to 3,537, which is the most minority students on record at KU. Minority students now make up 11.9 percent of KU's overall student population.

According to 20th-day figures, overall KU enrollment increased 34 students, or 0.1 percent, to 29,624, eclipsing the record set in fall 2004.

The average ACT composite score for first-time freshmen is 24.4, the best level in four years.

"We are most pleased with the increasing numbers of high-ability students choosing KU," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger. "Clearly, students from across Kansas and throughout the country are attracted to KU's tradition of academic excellence. While we are happy to reach another enrollment milestone, we do not expect enrollment numbers to continue to set records in the future."

KU's goal is not to set higher enrollment totals each year, Shulenburger added. The emphasis is on attracting freshmen with ever-higher academic credentials and graduating them in four years.

The percentage of first-time freshmen scoring a 27 or above on their ACT composite scores is 29.2 percent, the highest in the past three years. The percentage of first-time freshmen scoring a 30 or above on their ACT composite scores is 11.9 percent, the highest in four years. In addition, two first-time freshmen enrolled at KU achieved the highest college admissions test score possible, one of these being a Kansas resident.

In addition, the number of first-time freshmen who are designated National Merit scholars has increased to 70 this year from 57 last year. This year's number includes 51 Kansas residents (up from 42 last year) and 19 out-of-state students (up from 15 last year). Overall, there are 254 National Merit scholars at KU, including 176 from Kansas.

The freshmen class also includes two National Achievement scholars (in addition to five others already at KU) and six National Hispanic scholars (in addition to 22 others already at KU).

Kansas residents attending KU numbered 20,587, a 1 percent increase. That number also represents 69.5 percent of the university's overall total enrollment, which is the best percentage for Kansas residents in the past five years. Students are enrolled from all 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Enrollment at the University of Kansas Medical Center reached 2,690, an increase of 80 students, or 3.1 percent, from fall 2004. The number of Kansas residents attending KUMC is 1,796, an increase of 39 students, or 2.2 percent.

Enrollment at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses was down 46 students, or 0.2 percent, to 26,934, with the drop occurring at the Edwards campus due to continuing adjustment to nonresident fee increases. The number of Kansas residents attending the two campuses increased 169 students, or 0.9 percent, to 18,791.

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