Kutz­town Univer­sity mi­nor­ity en­roll­ment at record lev­els

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - From Kutz­town Univer­sity

Mi­nor­ity stu­dent en­roll­ment at Kutz­town Univer­sity reached 21 per­cent this fall, a record-high level, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures re­leased this week. Mi­nor­ity stu­dent en­roll­ment of the in­com­ing fresh­man class was 25 per­cent, also a record for the univer­sity.

“I’m so very proud to be a part of a univer­sity that wel­comes di­ver­sity and em­braces it,” said Dr. Ken­neth S. Hawkin­son, univer­sity pres­i­dent. “Hav­ing stu­dents from many dif­fer­ent cul­tures and na­tion­al­i­ties en­hances the ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment for the en­tire KU com­mu­nity. Learn­ing is not only done in the class­room, we can learn from each other and our cul­tural tra­di­tions.”

The univer­sity’s 21 per­cent mi­nor­ity stu­dent en­roll­ment is one per­cent higher than last year. The univer­sity’s re­ten­tion rate also rose one per­cent to 74, the first in­crease since 2012.

New stu­dents at the univer­sity in­cluded 1,605 fresh­man, 602 stu­dents who trans­ferred from other in­sti­tu­tions and 297 grad­u­ate stu­dents. Both trans­fer and grad­u­ate stu­dents in­creased over 2016. The qual­ity of the fresh­man class re­mained strong as KU ac­cepted 73.9 per­cent of its 8,088 ap­pli­cants this year.

To­tal en­roll­ment at KU is 8,329, a 2.16 per­cent de­cline, 184 stu­dents, from fall 2016. Of the to­tal en­roll­ment, 7,489 are un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents while 840 are seek­ing grad­u­ate de­grees. Grad­u­ate school en­roll­ment jumped from 795 stu­dents in 2016, a nearly six per­cent in­crease.

The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents, 88 per­cent, are from Penn­syl­va­nia while 11 per­cent come from out of state and one per­cent are in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

Of­fi­cial data is col­lected after the univer­sity’s fall freeze date in Septem­ber.

His­tor­i­cal To­tal En­roll­ment Data 2017 - 8,329 2016 - 8,513 2015 - 9,000 2014 - 9,218 2013 - 9,513

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