Sept. 30, 2021

Board of Regents announces 2021 fall semester enrollment

(Topeka, Kan.) - Preliminary census day figures released today by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) show a decrease in full-time equivalency (FTE) student enrollment at public universities and an increase in FTE enrollment at community colleges and technical colleges. Overall, the system has experienced a 1.1 percent decline in FTE enrollment as of the 20th day fall census.

“The preliminary fall enrollment report brings mixed results and continues a systemwide trend in declining enrollment over the past five years,” said KBOR Chair Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “We must reverse that trend to meet the workforce needs of our state. The Board’s strategic plan, annual goals and budget ask are focused on initiatives that can leverage our system’s strengths and revitalize the Kansas economy.”

Across the six state universities, there was a decrease of 1,735 FTE students (-2.4 percent). Community colleges experienced an increase of 425 FTE students (1.2 percent), while technical colleges saw an increase of 57 FTE students (1.0 percent).

While the FTE student total was down, headcount increased by 1 percent systemwide. In 2020, many colleges experienced a significant decline in high school student enrollment on census day. Several colleges reported that concurrently enrolled high school student enrollment returned closer to pre-pandemic levels on census day 2021, which helped lead to a systemwide increase in headcount. However, since high school students typically take fewer credit hours per semester, the headcount increase did not translate to a systemwide increase in FTE students.

View tables with preliminary fall enrollment summaries in both FTE and headcount for each public higher education institution in Kansas. Enrollment numbers may also be accessed through the Board's Kansas Higher Education Statistics (KHEStats) website.

Full-time equivalency is calculated by dividing the total number of undergraduate credit hours taken in a semester by 15 and graduate credit hours by 12.

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.