Enrollment could top the 900 mark
Increased recruitment and retention efforts are paying off at Baker University as enrollment is expected to reach more than 900 students at the Baldwin City campus this fall.
"We feel like we'll meet our goal," said Annette Galluzzi, vice president of marketing. "Indicators tell us we're doing a little better at retention than last year."
This year Baker will have 280 freshmen and transfer students, an increase over last year. The university hopes to reach 1,000 students at the Baldwin City campus by 2006. Final numbers will not be available until student confirmation on Friday.
"The numbers look good considering the economy," said Cheryl McCrary, director of admissions. "We're bringing in another solid group of students."
One change in the incoming class this year is the narrowing gender gap. The class will be 49 percent male and 51 percent female.
"That's a real struggle with colleges today because the percentage of college-bound females is increasing and the percentage of males entering college is decreasing," Galluzzi said. "We're pleased with how close we are to being 50-50."
High academic achievement continues to be a theme among new students at Baker with an average entering grade point average of 3.4 and ACT score over 23. The average ACT score in Kansas this year was 20.1.
"I'm just really pleased that we were able to increase our numbers while maintaining a strong academic profile," Galluzzi said. "That's really key. It's a balancing act. I'm always happy when we can meet both of those goals."
Here's a closer look at the statistics of incoming students:
¢ 68 percent are from Kansas; 17 percent from Missouri; 6 percent from Texas; students come from eight states and two countries.
¢ The majority of Kansas students come from Johnson County (53), followed by Shawnee County (17), Jackson County in Missouri (13), and Douglas County (12). Nine students are from Franklin County.
¢ 20 percent of students identify themselves as United Methodist and 16 percent as Catholic.
¢ Minority enrollment is at 10 percent; most schools similar to Baker only have a 3 percent to 7 percent minority enrollment. Galluzzi said the university has made an effort to attract more minority students. Baker has added a multicultural affairs position and a minority recruiter position aimed at reaching a greater diversity of students.