Record enrollment numbers at Kansas State

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Kansas State has set another enrollment record. This fall Kansas State University has recorded its best enrollment yet, according to 20th-day figures announced by the Kansas Board of Regents. A record-breaking 23,863 students are attending K-State both on and off campus, up from 23,588 last year. Pat Bosco, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, tells KMAN it’s great to be a K-stater. “K-State students get the best undergraduate experience possible,” said Bosco. “Prospective students and their parents recognize this when it comes time to choose a college, and our increasing numbers show it. Our success is a direct result of our faculty and student life staff who care about the success of our current students.” Bosco adds one area of interest is the increase of freshman to sophomore retention.  Increasing freshman-to-sophomore retention is a cornerstone of K-State’s plan to become at top 50 public research university by 2025. The percentage of K-State freshmen that re-enrolled at K-State for their sophomore year increased this year. Bosco said programs like K-State First — providing new students with a transition to college-level learning — made the difference. The diversity of K-State students also increased this year, with 3,218 students describing themselves as Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or multiracial, a number that number has nearly doubled from a little more than 10 years ago.

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