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Enrollment at 9,000 to Begin Sesquicentennial Year

September 22, 2015
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's overall enrollment is 9,000 for the 2015 fall semester.  The total includes an all-time high minority enrollment of 19.4 percent, and an increase of first-time, full-time freshmen by 4.5 percent.

The overall enrollment number is down 2.4 percent from the fall of 2014, when the total enrollment was 9,218.  The decrease is the smallest from year-to-year since enrollment began declining in 2010, when it peaked at an all-time high of 10,707.

University retention, the retaining of students from first to second year, remains unchanged from last year at 73 percent.  Minority enrollment has jumped seven percent since 2010, when it was just 12.4 percent.

"I am pleased that we are holding our own during tough times," KU president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson said.  "We have had a relatively small downturn in terms of percentage.   This is encouraging in light of the challenges we face with demographics related to high school graduates, lingering effects from the recession, and declining support from government sources."

Of the 9,000 students, a total of 8,293 are undergraduates, while 707 are enrolled in graduate studies.   A total of 7,969 students (89 percent) are Pennsylvania residents, while 1,031 hail from out of state.  Sixteen students have enrolled in KU's first-ever doctoral program --- the Doctor of Social Work being offered in conjunction with Millersville University.

Official figures are reported after the university's fall freeze date for enrollment status, which occurs in mid-September.