Kent State University has surpassed last yearâ€™s record enrollment number to achieve a new all-time high with the release of the universityâ€™s official 15th day census data. Kent State announced a 1.98 percent increase in enrollment for the fall 2011 semester across its eight campuses. On the Kent Campus alone, enrollment is up 4.2 percent with the number of full-time equivalent students, or FTEs, up 5.54 percent, so students are taking more hours.
Kent State reports 42,185 students for the fall 2011 semester. This is up from 41,365 students for fall 2010 semester. Unduplicated (or preponderant) headcount at the campus in Kent is 26,938, and the unduplicated headcount for the regional campuses is 15,247. Students are counted only once at the campus at which they hold a majority of their course load.
In addition, the Kent Campus welcomed its largest freshman class in the universityâ€™s 101-year history. The total number of first-time, full-time freshmen enrolled at the Kent Campus is 4,284 surpassing the record set in fall 2009 with 4,030 students.
â€œMore people are saying â€˜yesâ€™ to Kent State than ever before,â€ said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. â€œThey know that we are a leading public research university that is affordable and accessible. Students and their families recognize the great educational quality and value of a Kent State education, and so our Kent State community continues to grow.â€
Highlights from the fall 2011 enrollment numbers also include:
T. David Garcia, Kent Stateâ€™s associate vice president for enrollment management, said that the university keeps making great strides in attracting a great, diverse mix of students. â€œThe students who have enrolled at Kent State represent great quantity in terms of numbers as well as great quality in terms of student GPA. In addition to that, we have a great diversity in our students and a nice mix of in-state versus out-of-state students as well as international students.â€
Kent Stateâ€™s eight campuses are located in Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.
For the full fall enrollment report, go to www.kent.edu/rpie/enrollment.