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Kansas State, other state universities see enrollment drop

Associated Press - September 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Kansas State University will provide financial and management advice for farmers and ranchers in the struggling agricultural economy.

Kansas State University officials are attributing the school’s first enrollment decline in nine years to tougher admission standards.

The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/1jnBGX0) reports enrollment fell by 620 students, or 2.5 percent, according to a Kansas Board of Regents report detailing last week’s official census.

The report says enrollment at state universities overall dropped by about 1 percent, or 890 students, while enrollment at the state’s technical colleges rose by 6.3 percent.

The University of Kansas and Fort Hays State are the only state universities to see a rise in student numbers.

Kansas State dean of students Pat Bosco says the school has weathered the transition from being a virtual open admissions school to one that intentionally prioritizes student success.

Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, http://www.themercury.com.