Baker enrollment has slight dip on Baldwin City campus, larger decline system wide
As of Sept. 22, Baker University’s overall enrollment for the fall 2009 semester is 3,853 students, 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 992 students, six fewer than reported last fall. The enrollment figure includes non-degree seeking students. The on-campus population totals 929 students. Of that number, there are 308 new degree-seeking students — 257 freshmen and 51 transfers. That represents the highest total of new students at Baker since that number was first tracked in 1986.
“We are encouraged by the continued confidence families and their students have shown in our excellent undergraduate programs at the College of Arts and Sciences,” President Pat Long said. “Our new students have energized the Baldwin City campus through their participation in the classroom and university activities.”
Operating at maximum capacity, the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka has 162 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 1,789 students, consisting of 934 undergraduates and 855 graduate students. Baker’s School of Education graduate programs currently have 910 students.
At this time in 2008, Baker’s official fall enrollment was a record-high 4,112.
“After decades of steady increase and a year after setting a record enrollment for Baker University, we were aware of the potential for decline in our adult student population this fall because of challenges to our national economy,” Long said. “The adjustments to our budget over the past year were in anticipation of the economic concerns faced by working adults and their families. Our faculty and staff at all four of our schools remain steadfast in their recruiting and retention efforts.”
Baker has campuses in Baldwin City, Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita, North Kansas City, Mo., and Lee’s Summit, Mo.