KU freshman class grows for fourth straight year

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 in Campus News and News

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As our new freshman class settles in on campus, we have lots to celebrate. We’re happy to report more and more students are choosing the University of Kansas.

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve enrolled more freshmen than the year before. The 4,187 new freshmen who make up the Class of 2019 are academically talented as well. They posted a record-high average high school GPA for a KU class, and have the second-highest average ACT score ever.

In the past, we would sometimes hear that academically talented students would receive better scholarship offers from other schools. That’s why four years ago, we changed the way we recruit students by unveiling an expanded set of renewable scholarships for freshmen and an improved admissions process designed to deliver potential students the information they need.

As a result, we’re now welcoming more new students who recognize the benefits of studying at a national research university.

Additionally, this year, overall enrollment is up for the second straight year. Across the entire KU system, we’ve enrolled 28,091 students, up 108 from the year before, even as other universities in the state are reporting enrollment declines.

KU also provides a community that is increasingly diverse. Minority students now comprise 19.3 percent of the overall KU population — the highest percentage on record. And we are serving more international students than ever before. We will continue to work with Kansas students as well as out-of-state students to ensure they can get the best education in the state.

Next year, we will begin implementing new admissions procedures that will help us make sure that future classes will also be able to reach their maximum potential while studying at KU.

And, by the way, we’re actively recruiting the Class of 2020 now. So if you know someone who might make a good Jayhawk, please let us know.

Your loyal support as a KU Alumni Association member helps strengthen student recruitment. Thank you!

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