Enrollment climbs to 7,400
Marcus Clem | editor in chief
Casting a broader net can net one some extra fish, or in this case, Gorillas.
Pittsburg State’s Fall 2013 enrollment waxed by 1.52 percent, according to the university’s governing-body, the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR).
‘Across the board’
“The growth we’ve seen this fall is across the board,” said Bill Ivy, associate vice president of enrollment management and student success, in a press release. “It is a healthy, broad-based growth.”
Specifically, new enrollments exceeded withdrawals and graduations by 111 when KBOR compiled its data.
The student population boom significantly exceeds last year’s uptick of .19 percent, or 14 people.
Tuition bargains key
The increase stems from efforts by the administration to draw students from neighboring states as part of the Gorilla Advantage program.
The program sweetens the university’s selling points with in-state tuition to residents of counties in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Undergrad enrollment through the program is up 3.7 percent and graduate enrollment shot up 29 percent, according to the university.
The Gorilla Edge program also contributed an enrollment rise of 73 this year. The program affects residents of Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas who do not live in a Gorilla Advantage county. These students receive an out-of-state tuition discount of up to $7,500 each academic year.
“These innovative tuition programs are allowing us to attract highly qualified students from areas outside of the immediate region,” Ivy said.
Defies the trend
The state’s numbers show that Pitt State’s enrollment has increased while other universities in the system have seen decreases.
KBOR has found that enrollment fell by 123 students within its six universities altogether and by more than 3,000 students at the state’s 19 community colleges.
However, enrollment at all state technical colleges increased by 472, affecting Pitt State and the university’s College of Technology.
The world in SEK
Another key factor in the enrollment spike were international students. Their numbers increased 7.2 percent to 464.
Steve Scott, university president, and other administrators have traveled abroad several times in recent years to sign sister agreements with foreign institutions that facilitate international study.
Scott himself credits the entire institution for the growth.
“It begins with strong academic programs in areas that appeal to students and hold the promise of rewarding careers,” he said in a press release. “Beyond that, students are looking for a campus community that is welcoming and supportive.”