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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

PSU sets spring enrollment record

Pittsburg State University's spring 2006 enrollment is the highest in the university's history, according to information submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents and reported today. PSU has 6,335 students enrolled this spring, which is an increase of 129 or 2.1 percent over the previous spring semester.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment is also up. The FTE for the spring semester is 5,856, an increase of 0.8 percent over the previous spring. FTE is computed by dividing the total number of credit hours by 15 for undergraduate students and 9 for graduate students. An FTE so near the headcount means that a high percentage of students are full-time.

PSU President Tom Bryant said the spring enrollment numbers indicate the university is managing its growth well.

"For several semesters, we have seen the university grow at a healthy but manageable pace," Bryant said. "Our students are overwhelmingly full-time students who take classes on campus and live in the area. That is important for the regional economy. This growth, in a part of the state with a stable to declining population of high school graduates, also tells us that students are attracted to PSU. I believe that is because of the campus environment, many strong academic programs and the proven value of a Pittsburg State degree."

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