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Kutztown University Experiences Positive Enrollment Growth

March 4, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - With official enrollment numbers submitted for the spring of 2014, Kutztown University is experiencing positive growth in new students.

The total number of new freshmen seeking a degree at KU has increased 26.7 percent from spring 2013 to spring 2014, while new transfer students have increased 2.5 percent in the past year.  The total number of new undergraduate students is up by 6.1 percent.

While Kutztown University's overall spring enrollment of 8,808 students is still below the 2013 spring enrollment of 9,034, the growth in new students indicates the institution's commitment to enrollment management is off to a good start.

"The prioritization of enrollment and retention has been of paramount importance for Kutztown University over the past two years," KU President F. Javier Cevallos said.  "I believe the data we are receiving indicates that our efforts are already beginning to show a positive return."

In addition, Kutztown's spring 2013 to spring 2014 data revealed:

•·         An 11.4 percent upswing in its recent on-line winter session enrollment.

•·         15 percent fewer students are in poor academic standing (cumulative GPA below 2.0).

•·         20 percent more new students are living on campus.

"While we are very pleased with the enrollment figures, it is our goal that this is just the beginning of a consistent upward trend for the university," said Kimberly Scranage, KU's inaugural vice president of Enrollment Management, who joined the university this past fall.   "Kutztown University has a wealth of opportunities to offer current and prospective students, and I am confident we can continue our sustained growth."

In addition, supporting data for the value of a Kutztown University education was recently released by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).  The data revealed that 2012 graduates leave KU with an average debt of $30,831.  This is below the average debt of $34,066 for graduates of state-related universities in the commonwealth, and $31,675 for graduates of all four-year public and private institutions in Pennsylvania.