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Feb. 22, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU reports third consecutive record spring enrollment; nursing leads med center jump

LAWRENCE — A 22 percent surge in graduate school enrollment in nursing helped propel the University of Kansas to a third consecutive record spring enrollment, data released today show.

Enrollment in the School of Nursing, a top 20 school in national rankings, increased 10 percent overall while primary growth was among graduate programs for nurses and additional online offerings in the master’s degree program to accommodate the schedules of working professional nurses. These programs increased 21.8 percent over last spring.

The nursing school increase as well as healthy jumps at the Schools of Medicine — 2 percent — and Allied Health — nearly 6 percent — gave the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., its fourth straight year of rising spring enrollment. Overall, the medical center rose to 2,615, up from 2,511 students in 2005. The medical center’s highest enrollment was 2,674 in 1994.

Increases in allied health can be attributed to the undergraduate respiratory care and clinical laboratory sciences programs and the graduate occupational therapy and physical therapy programs.

In Lawrence, KU’s main campus recorded the same number of students as last spring, which was the eighth consecutive increase and a record. For the Lawrence campus, spring enrollment was stable at 25,379, which last year broke the record of 25,348, set during spring 2004.

Spring enrollment for the entire university rose to 27,994, a record surpassing last year’s mark of 27,890. Total spring enrollment includes students at the Lawrence campus, the medical center and the Edwards Campus, KU’s graduate and degree-completion campus in Overland Park.

“Strong academic programs and faculty continue to make KU a popular choice among students in and outside of Kansas,” said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. “KU is a great place for an excellent education.”

KU is the largest university in the Kansas Board of Regents system. KU has more Kansas residents enrolled — 19,367, up from 19,236 last year — than any other state university. KU also has more nonresidents enrolled — 8,627 — for spring 2006 than any other state university.

The Board of Regents figures show a systemwide increase of 347 students for a 0.4 percent increase in spring 2006 over spring 2005. The six state universities reported a combined enrollment of 82,622 students. The total number of Kansas residents enrolled at state universities is 63,849

Total KU spring enrollment since 1993:

Spring 2006: 27,994 (record)
Spring 2005: 27,890
Spring 2004: 27,772
Spring 2003: 27,463
Spring 2002: 26,894
Spring 2001: 26,857
Spring 2000: 26,545
Spring 1999: 26,297
Spring 1998: 26,214
Spring 1997: 25,755
Spring 1996: 26,261
Spring 1995: 26,127
Spring 1994: 27,131
Spring 1993: 27,569

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