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Official Numbers Show WSU Enrollment Down, But Full-Time Students Up

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An official report shows enrollment at Wichita State University has dipped this semester.

The report from the Kansas Board of Regents shows 14,495 students are enrolled at Wichita State for the fall, a decrease of about 500 students, or 3.4 percent, compared to last year.

Tony Vizzini, WSU Provost and Senior Vice President says enrollment will always be a priority.

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Enrollment numbers on the whole are down for Kansas' state universities.

"The number that we have is the number that resulted from all of our efforts," he says. "Our efforts don’t stop because we are not happy with the number or we wish it were bigger. The fact is that next year is a new year. We’re advancing on all the fronts that we can. We learn from the data that we have this year to go forward next year."

Although the numbers show a decline, the university has the highest percentage of undergraduates--77 percent--enrolled full time in its history. Advances have also been made in online enrollment, underrepresented minorities and first-generation students.

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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