The campus continued to grow in 2011, with fall headcount up 2 percent to 7,275 students. At the same time, the number of students living in the nine residence halls on campus soared past the record set in 2010, thanks to the opening of Crimson Commons.

In the fall, new freshman on campus increased by nearly 7 percent over the previous year and students in the Gorilla Advantage program increased by 5.5 percent.

“Those numbers bode well for the long-term growth of Pittsburg State,” said Dr. William Ivy, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success.

Ivy said the numbers included about 30 new students in Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas, which were added to the Gorilla Advantage Program for the first time in the fall. Johnson County Kansas continues to lead all other counties by a wide margin as a source for new PSU freshmen.

Those new students snapped up room contracts in the residence halls early and as the opening of the fall semester approached, some students were put on waiting lists for the university’s 1,300 residence hall slots. Fortunately, according to Dr. Steve Erwin, associate vice-president for campus life and auxiliary services, the university was able to accommodate just about everyone.

“We’re halfway through our six-year, $12 million residential hall renovation plan,” explained Dr. Erwin. “We’ve already renovated three halls. In addition, we opened the $10 million Crimson Commons apartment complex last year. We’ve made a major commitment to modernize our student housing, and it’s extremely gratifying to see students responding to the improvements.”