PSU set a record for enrollment this past spring with a total of 6,752 students – a 2.4 percent increase over the spring 2009 semester. The university reported the numbers to the Kansas Board of Regents for the annual spring 20th day count of the six state universities.
“We are extremely pleased to see this number. Even with the budget challenges we face, which have resulted in a cut of $4.7 million in state funding, Kansas students and parents continue to see Pittsburg State as offering a great value when they consider postsecondary education options,” said President Steve Scott. “Clearly that is the result of the efforts of the entire campus community. I’m very proud of and grateful to our faculty and staff. They have put the budget challenges aside and have focused on ensuring a quality experience for our students.”
PSU experienced increases in several areas, including new freshmen, transfer students, new graduate students, and Gorilla Advantage students. The university also saw an increase (66 students) in the number of Kansas residents.
In addition, PSU has become the choice of more domestic minority students. This spring, minority enrollment was up 7.5 percent, with Hispanic students constituting the largest increase (13 percent). There was also a 9 percent increase in American Indian students and an 8 percent increase in African American students.
“We feel very good about this, and we give a lot of credit to our people who do so much in the way of recruitment and retention,” said Dr. William Ivy, dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. “People are returning to school to increase their skills and marketability in the workplace, and they are seeing PSU as the place to do that.”