BREAKING: Fall enrollment down nearly 1,000 students

Anderson Hall and the grand lawn open up to the rest of campus as the sun sets on Aug. 9, 2016. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | Collegian Media Group)

Fewer students are enrolled in classes at Kansas State for the fall 2017 semester, the third decline in fall enrollment at the university in a row.

22,795 students are currently enrolled at K-State’s Manhattan, Polytechnic, Olathe and Global campuses, according to data released by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The numbers show a 4.14 percent decline from the 23,779 students that enrolled at K-State last fall. K-State’s enrollment drop is steeper than the other Regents institutions.

Budget cuts have been a common response to lower-than-expected enrollment, something administration officials have similarly abstained from commenting on.

Enrollment at the University of Kansas rose 0.16 percent from the institution’s fall 2016 numbers, with 28,447 students currently enrolled.

The last time fall enrollment increased was in 2014, when total student headcount at the university bounced from 24,581 in 2013 to 24,766 students.

Cindy Bontrager, vice president for administration and finance, said university administration members could not comment on or release any information about fall 2017 enrollment ahead of the Regents’ official announcement.

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