Enrollment tops 6,000

 

Postcard PaloozaA jump in new graduate students, an increase in the size of the freshman class and significant improvement in retention rates from freshmen to sophomores combined to give Emporia State University the largest fall semester enrollment increase of the Regent universities. 

Emporia State University topped the 6,000 mark on the 20th day of classes — Sept. 16. The enrollment total of 6,033 was an increase of nearly 3 percent from the 20th day of Fall 2012. 

A collaborative spirit across campus was key to the growth. 

“It’s a concentrated effort by faculty, staff and students as partners in the enrollment management of the entire campus,” said Dr. James Williams, vice president for student affairs, who is charged with enrollment management. 

The effort also extended beyond the Emporia State campus. 

“Let’s take a moment to thank our entire Hornet Nation who helped with student recruitment,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University. “Our students who participated in Postcard Palooza, the Emporia community members who made phone calls during the Hornet Telethon and our alumni at Hornet Nights. 

“They all worked to bring new Hornets to campus this fall.” 

Components of the successful strategy include new initiatives in marketing to recruit students for all programs, other programs to increase retention and launching a capital campaign at the Emporia State University Foundation to increase scholarship funds. 

“The buzz is here,” said Shonrock. “We have momentum and we are continuing to move forward.”