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Kent State University, which celebrates its centennial this year, announced that its enrollment for spring 2010 is up 11.6 percent.

11.6 Percent Increase in Spring Enrollment

Emily Vincent
Kent State University, which celebrates its centennial this year, announced today that its enrollment for spring 2010 is up 11.6 percent with the release of the university’s official 15th day census data for the eight-campus system. The spring enrollment figure is the highest recorded enrollment for spring in Kent State’s 100-year history.

The university reports 38,196 students for the spring 2010 semester, compared to 34,222 for spring semester 2009. Unduplicated (or preponderant) headcount at the Kent Campus is 23,834, and the unduplicated headcount for the regional campuses is 14,362. Students are counted at the campus at which they hold the majority of their course load and are only counted once.

The previous spring enrollment high for the Kent State University system was set in 2009 with 34,222 students.

“We continue to see impressive enrollment numbers,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “As we enter our second century of service, we are building on the strong momentum from last year when we achieved our highest enrollment, had record retention and welcomed our largest freshman class to date. I commend our faculty, staff and those who work in the Admissions Office for this enrollment success. Their dedication to helping students succeed makes Kent State an attractive institution.”

Highlights from the spring 2010 enrollment numbers also include:

  • Enrollment at the regional campuses is up by 16.86 percent.
  • Of the regional campuses, the Ashtabula Campus had the largest increase in the number of students. Its enrollment increased by 23.86 percent to 2,206 students compared to 1,781 in spring 2009.
  • Enrollment at the Kent Campus has increased by 8.67 percent.
  • The persistence or retention rate of 2009 first-time freshmen who are enrolled for 2010 spring at the Kent Campus is 93.4 percent. 
  • The enrollment of international students increased 25.92 percent to 1,127 students compared to 895 in spring 2009.

“Enrollment data is compared against the same time in previous years, so spring figures are looked at in comparison to past spring numbers,” said Robert Frank, Kent State’s provost and senior vice president. “However, even when you compare spring 2010 figures to this past fall 2009 when we achieved our highest recorded enrollment in Kent State history, our total enrollment has decreased less than one percent. It is very impressive to have more than 38,000 students enrolled at Kent State and to maintain more than 99 percent of those students from fall to spring.”

Kent State University’s eight campuses are located in Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.

For the full spring enrollment report, go to