University enrollment increases to 3,868 students
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s overall enrollment for the fall 2010 semester is 3,868 students, an increase of 15 students from the previous year, according to figures released today from all four of its schools — College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education.
The Baldwin City campus, which serves College of Arts and Sciences students and School of Education undergraduates, reported an enrollment of 968 students, compared to 992 last fall. The addition of two athletic programs — wrestling and women’s bowling — contributed to the fall 2009 enrollment. The fall 2010 figure includes non-degree seeking students. The on-campus population totals 878 students. Of that number, there are 252 new degree-seeking students — 185 freshmen and 67 transfers.
Nearly 82 percent of last fall’s freshmen returned for their sophomore year. The retention rate is the highest at Baker since that number was first tracked in 1986.
“Our enrollment management team, student development team, faculty and staff at all four of our schools deserve praise for their unwavering commitment to our recruiting and retention efforts,” Baker President Pat Long said. “The university has exceeded enrollment goals as we continue to attract quality students.”
Operating at maximum capacity, the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka has 171 students enrolled.
The School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the School of Education graduate programs, which serve working adults at locations in Kansas and Missouri, have ongoing enrollment throughout the year. Current enrollment at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies is 1,795 students. The figure consists of 1063 undergraduates and 732 graduate students. Baker’s School of Education graduate programs currently have 934 students.
“We are encouraged by the increased enrollment in our programs for the adult student population after seeing a slight drop a year ago because of the challenges to our national economy,” Long said.
Baker has campuses in Baldwin City, Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita, North Kansas City, Mo., and Lee’s Summit, Mo., and recently announced plans to open a campus in Omaha, Neb.###
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.