Fall Enrollment Up 2% to 16,515

Fall Enrollment Up 2% to 16,515

Eastern Kentucky University’s fall enrollment is at 16,515, up 2 percent from this date last year, one of the larger increases among Kentucky’s public universities.

The increase comes at a time when Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities reached an all-time high with more than 270,000 students enrolled this fall. Total college enrollment across the Commonwealth has increased 40 percent over the last decade, according to a preliminary fall enrollment report issued Sept. 12 at a meeting of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“These students have chosen a college education because they see the value that it can bring to their lives, in terms of employability, higher personal wages and personal satisfaction,” said Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “A more educated Kentucky is a key to spurring the Commonwealth’s economic recovery.”

According to figures released by the University on Sept. 10, undergraduate enrollment at EKU is up 3 percent to 14,376. New freshman enrollment is up 1 percent to 2,697, and new transfer enrollment is up 4 percent to 1,295.

Online credit hours are up 8 percent.

The enrollment growth at Eastern is coming from in-state students, who number 14,251, up approximately 2 percent from a year ago.

Among EKU’s five academic colleges, the College of Justice & Safety showed the largest increase in enrollment, up about 11 percent from 2009.

Published on September 13, 2010