By Kaylee Lindenmuth
New student numbers are up entering the 2018-2019 school year, according to University Relations, but KU’s total enrollment numbers barely failed to break even from 2017-2018.
Total enrollment numbers saw their smallest decrease since 2010, falling by 20 from 8,329 students last fall to 8,309 this fall. Total enrollment has been on a decline since peaking at the beginning of the decade. KU was just shy of 11,000 then.
Retention increased by just under one percent, from 73.68 to 74.44.
KU received 338 new graduate students this semester, a 14 percent increase from last year, while new transfers increased by three percent and new freshmen by two percent, at 573 and 1,635 respectively.
“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,” President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson said in a media release. “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.”
According to University Relations, official figures are reported after the university’s fall freeze date for enrollment status, which occurs in mid-September.