Increase in New Students Highlights 2018 Fall Enrollment

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's final enrollment numbers for fall of 2018 boast an increase in new students and a rise in student retention.

Enrollment figures indicate a 14 percent increase in new graduate students (296 to 338), a three percent increase in new transfer students (555 to 573), and a two percent increase in new freshmen (1604 to 1635).

The total enrollment for the university for the 2018 fall semester is 8,309, down just 20 students from last fall (8,329 students).  The drop is the smallest since 2010, when enrollment peaked at 10,707.

University retention increased to 74.44 percent, up from 73.68 percent last year. 

"I want to thank the members of the KU community for their tireless efforts in helping to place us among the best performing schools in the State System with regard to enrollment this year," KU president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson said.  "While we have much to celebrate, we will continue to work hard to guarantee the success of our current students and ensure that prospective students and their parents are aware of the value and high-quality of a Kutztown University education."

Of the 8,309 students enrolled at KU, a total of 7,389 are undergraduates, while 920 are enrolled in graduate studies.  A total of 7,314 students (88 percent) are Pennsylvania residents, while 995 hail from out of state.  

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