KU News Release

Sept. 23, 2010
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8866

Diversity, academic scores and international enrollment hit record levels at KU

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas posted record levels for overall diversity and academic talent for its incoming freshman class, and KU’s global appeal hit a new high with 2,345 international students from 112 countries, according to data released today.

ACT scores for the incoming freshman class averaged a record 24.9, far above the national average of 22. A third of the Class of 2014 scored 27 or higher on the ACT. Nine KU students, up from five in 2009, earned perfect test scores on the ACT or SAT.

This is the most diverse student body in KU history as well, with 14.4 percent of students identifying as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or multiple ethnicities. That is up from 12.8 percent in 2009. KU again enrolled students from all 50 states as well as all 105 Kansas counties.

International enrollment increased 9.4 percent to its highest mark since 1993 with — for the first time — a majority of international students enrolled as undergraduates.

“We have enrolled our most academically talented class of freshmen overall,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “This is not accidental. This reflects the incredible opportunities that KU offers high-ability students.

“We have initiatives under way to further strengthen KU’s appeal to the best and brightest students, such as improved retention and graduation rates and increased emphasis on the undergraduate research and international study opportunities. We also are implementing new initiatives to identify students who need assistance and providing them with timely support.”

Graduate enrollment increased by 2.2 percent, and enrollment at the medical center campus in Kansas City, Kan., was virtually unchanged with a 0.6 percent increase.

Overall enrollment declined a slight 1.8 percent from 2009 to 29,462. KU hit an all-time record enrollment level of 30,102 in 2008.

Despite tough economic times, enrollment by out-of-state students was stable at 31.6 percent. The overall undergraduate enrollment decline was 3.5 percent.

“Over the next decade, the university’s growing research profile and international programs will be a magnet for undergraduates by providing them unparalleled opportunities for critical thinking and experiential learning,” said Provost Jeffrey S. Vitter. “These KU experiences lead to increased job prospects and career opportunities over the long term.”

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