-- Fort Hays State University, which has more than doubled its enrollment over
the past decade, announced yet another all-time headcount record for the official
20th-day of the fall semester, which was Monday, Sept. 17.
significance, FHSU set a record for the number of incoming on-campus freshman
for the second year in a row, which provides a solid base for enrollment growth
in Hays in the coming years. The freshman class grew to 932 from the previous record of 926 a year
had significant increases in two of our three delivery modalities, which are students
on the Hays campus, students in our Virtual College and students at our partner
universities in China," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. "Both
on-campus and virtual enrollments are up, and the China enrollment is down
20th-day headcount is 13,310, which is an increase of 3.97 percent from last
year's 20th-day headcount of 12,802. That is an increase of 508 students from
last fall and the largest enrollment in the history of the university.
Board of Regents uses the 20th day of classes as the official enrollment day to
provide a standard basis for comparison from year to year. This year's numbers were
announced after the last of the Regents universities passed its 20th day.
headcount this fall is 4,746 students. Last fall it was 4,683 students. That is
an increase of 63 students, or 1.3 percent.
this fall in the Virtual College is 4,975 students. Last fall it was 4,451 students.
That is an increase of 524 students, or 11.8 percent. The Virtual College makes
a college education accessible to students who might not be able to relocate to
a university community by delivering courses at locations and times that fit
their busy schedules. It delivers "mediated" courses from FHSU's
College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, College
of Education and Technology, and College of Health and Life Sciences through
various formats, including the Internet.
is a misconception, probably due to the growth of our Virtual College, that we
are serving fewer Kansans," President Hammond said. "As this fall's
enrollment numbers show, that is not true. The total of Kansans is 6,745 compared to 6,441 last fall, which
is an increase of 304 in-state students. Over
the past five years, our growth in serving Kansans has been almost 20 percent,
while three of the other Regents universities served significantly fewer
headcount of FHSU students at partner universities in China this fall is 3,589.
Last fall it was 3,668 students, which is a decrease of 79 students, or -2.2
Hammond explained that after years of growth, enrollment in China would
stabilize for the foreseeable future. The Chinese government has established a
ceiling for FHSU enrollments in its universities. The president speculated that
changes in FHSU's Bachelor of Business Administration program and a downturn in
the Chinese economy have been factors in the enrollment decline. The government
pays tuition for its students in the partner Chinese universities, but the students
have to pay their own tuition to earn FHSU degrees.
A closer look at the enrollment numbers shows several
significant areas of growth:
The number of Hispanic students on campus is up again this fall to 309, compared
to 286 last year.
The number of
Hispanic students is also up in the Virtual College to 435 this fall, compared
to 368 last fall.
In total, 744
Hispanic students are enrolled at FHSU, which sets a new record.
The number of
international students on campus is up to 443 this fall from 395 last fall.
enrollment on campus is up to 450 this fall, compared to 416 last fall.
number of graduate students in the Virtual College is up to 1,403 this fall,
compared to 1,228 a year ago.
A breakdown of on-campus freshmen numbers is also revealing:
from Sedgwick County climbed to 91, which is a 28.2 percent increase from last
year and the largest freshman class ever from Sedgwick County. Since 2007, we
have increased 139.47 percent in Sedgwick County enrollment.
County grew from no students in 2007 to 5 last year to 11 this fall.
increased 141.7 percent from last year, up to 29 students compared to 12 a year
has the largest freshman class ever, with 43 freshmen.
class also includes 78 students from Colorado and 46 students from Nebraska.
"Local student growth continues to lay a solid
foundation, with 52 percent of this year's Hays High School graduates and 44.5
percent of high school graduates from Ellis County enrolled at FHSU in fall
2012," President Hammond said. "Also, 42.5 percent of the freshman
class is from western Kansas. When the students who know us best decide to come,
it demonstrates that we are providing what they need in terms of high- quality
academic programs and close personal attention."
Hammond once again thanked faculty and staff for their efforts in producing the
university's record growth over the past several years. "We all know the challenging work it has been as we
have grown to this size and the impact on service units, especially Residential
Life, and on our faculty," he said. "These new enrollment records are
an achievement worth celebrating and a critical part of our strategic plan."