K-State releases college, department fall enrollment numbers

A classroom in Kedzie Hall in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 3, 2017. (Photo by Justin Wright | Collegian Media Group)

With the exception of one college, each of Kansas State University’s colleges saw a drop in enrollment this semester as part of an overall drop of nearly 1,000 students, or 4.14 percent, across the university, according to statistics released by the university registrar’s office Friday.

The number of enrollees at the university’s Manhattan, Polytechnic and Global campuses fell the furthest for students majoring in programs in the College of Human Ecology, down 8.63 percent from fall 2016.

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design was the sole college to gain students since last fall, increasing 4.50 percent at the Manhattan, Polytechnic and Global campuses.

The number of students working on degrees in the College of Education dropped 5.04 percent. Enrollment numbers also dropped in the College of Engineering (down 4.10 percent), the College of Agriculture (down 3.12 percent) and the College of Business Administration (down 1.39 percent).

The College of Arts and Sciences begins the fall 2017 semester with 5.08 percent fewer students than last year.

In conjunction with lower general enrollment numbers, freshmen enrollment in multiple colleges also decreased, although the colleges of Business Administration and Architecture, Planning and Design both saw an increase in the amount of freshmen choosing to study in their programs, up 2.75 percent and 6.72 percent, respectively.

The colleges of Engineering and Human Ecology experienced the largest decline in freshman enrollment across K-State’s campuses, attracting 16.73 percent and 16.29 percent fewer students than last fall, respectively.

Freshman enrollment also dropped at the College of Education (down 10.24 percent), the College of Agriculture (down 10.07 percent) and the College of Arts and Sciences (down 9.80 percent).

More specific data on department enrollment is available online while on-campus.

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