Enrollment up 4.2 percent at Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Enrollment numbers are out for Kansas colleges and universities.

The Kansas Board of Regents released the numbers Friday, showing growth at four state universities and declines at the other four.

Enrollment at Wichita State increased by 4.2 percent. The university said 15,081 students enrolled for fall semester 2017 is 15,081 students, an increase of 607 students over fall 2016.

The new first-time freshman class of 1,436 students is the largest in school history for the second consecutive year.

"Our efforts are bearing fruit in recruiting high school seniors, under-represented minorities, students from the I-35 corridor beyond Kansas and online learners," said President John Bardo. "After we take some time to celebrate, our journey continues with an additional focus on improving retention and degree completion."

The University of Kansas enrolled 28,447 students enrolled at its campuses this year. It's the fourth straight year of enrollment growth for that school.

Enrollment at Kansas State University fell this year by nearly 1,000 students to 22,795 students. K-State did see an increase in graduates though.

Pittsburg State University and Emporia State University also saw drops in enrollment by 195 and 155 students, respectively.

Fort Hays State saw the second largest increase with more than 400 students put their total enrollment for the 2017 fall semester at 15,100, 19 more than Wichita State.

You can read the Board of Regents full report here