Student enrollment at Kentucky’s public four-year universities reached an all-time high of 128,598 students last fall, continuing a decade of steady enrollment growth. Since 2003, enrollment at public four-year universities grew by 9 percent or by 10,672 students, according to a report issued today by the Council.

While the four-year public sector posted gains, the two-year public sector declined. Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) saw a 4.7 percent drop last fall with 92,365 students enrolled. This decline reflects national patterns of two-year colleges that are more closely aligned to economic forces. As the job market improves, an increasing number of students return to the workplace.

During the recession, enrollment at KCTCS grew to 108,302 in 2011. Over a 10-year period ending in fall 2013, KCTCS enrollment increased 14.5 percent.

The report, “Total Headcount Enrollment by Level for Kentucky’s Public Institutions,” breaks out fall enrollment by levels and by year, from fall 2003 to fall 2013.

For the 20 private, nonprofit four-year institutions, fall enrollment held steady from one year ago. Statewide, 36,195 students were enrolled in this sector, up an impressive 41.8 percent since 2003, with the biggest gain seen in graduate-level enrollment, up 132.5 percent.

To view the report for the public colleges and universities, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/enrollmentreport.


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