Department: Student Advising Center

Enrollment continues to grow

September 26, 2014

When Silent Joe peals out across the Emporia State campus this afternoon, it won’t be announcing a new gift to the university — it will mark the continued enrollment momentum that began in 2013.

“With total fall 2014 enrollment at 6,114 students, Emporia State marks the fifth consecutive semester of growth from the previous year,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, university president. “We are silent no more.”

The fall 2014 enrollment numbers show growth across the board including total enrollment, graduate and undergraduate, full-time graduate and on-campus — a fact evident every day in the residence halls and parking lots.

“Our residence halls are at 98 percent occupancy,” said Dr. Jim Williams, vice president for student affairs. “We have an additional 95 students living on campus compared to last year and 198 students than we had in fall 2012.”

Nearly $6 million in remodeling and renovations to Singular, Trusler and Central Morse halls were timely, as all halls including the Towers Complex are open to students for the first time since 2011. Trusler and Singular each were off-line for periods during construction that began in 2012.

Another visible sign of recruitment success is 551 international students attending Emporia State University. They represent 51 countries and mark the largest international population ever; nearly 10 percent of the student body.

Emporia State also is recruiting more students from Kansas — an increase of 348 applications since fall 2012; in addition 125 more first-year Kansas students have been awarded scholarships in that same period.

Retaining the students already attending Emporia State is another key factor in enrollment growth. In fall 2014, the retention rate of first-year students returning for their second year stayed steady at 73 percent, which continued improvements over the past five years.

Among the adaptations:

  • Relocating staff to Wichita and Kansas City areas for recruitment;
  • Expanding the Corky Plus program where students living in specific counties bordering Kansas pay resident tuition;
  • Raising private dollars through Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University and additional monies for scholarships;
  • Creating teams that include faculty and staff to work with student recruitment and retention.

That team approach is appreciated, said Dr. Manjula Shinge, faculty president and associate professor in Instructional Design and Technology.

“This is an exciting time to be at Emporia State University. The words, ‘It's a great day to be a Hornet’ ring true and louder than ever before,” said Shinge. “Faculty members warmly welcome new students, appreciate those who have made the astute decision to continue studying at Emporia State, and look forward to fostering student success with their characteristic caring methods and academic excellence.”

Added Shonrock, “Our enrollment growth is great news considering we just graduated one of our largest classes.”

In May, 707 undergraduate and graduate students earned degrees.

Emporia State’s enrollment number showed the third-largest increase of the state universities in Kansas. Overall, the six state universities all saw increased enrollment totaling 1,381 students.

Below are Emporia State’s numbers on specific categories: