Kentucky State University doubles enrollment growth

In the last year, enrollment numbers at Kentucky State University in Frankfort have more than doubled. The unprecedented growth could continue its upward climb, as the school boosts recruitment efforts.

"I wanted to go to a historically black college or university to try to get into my roots a little bit more," said transfer student Alexis Anderson.

For some, the choice was easy. "I am actually a legacy student. My grandparents met and graduated from Kentucky State University," said Miss KSU, Dorian Wright.

Others had to break the mold.

"I am a first generation student so I was excited to just be that mentor and role model," said KSU junior Michael Weaver.

University leaders say more and more families end up picking KSU, when their high school senior looks for the perfect college.

"Our enrollment at Kentucky State University is up 162 percent," said KSU President M. Christopher Brown II.

"We had over 800 freshman enroll this year," said board chair Elaine Farris, "Up from probably, about 300-400."

On Saturday KSU held its first High School Day, where prospective students could get a feel for what they offer.

Families WKYT spoke with say when making their final choice, they'll look at costs, and academics, along with a special emphasis on culture.

"Many of our teens find themselves in high schools where they may be the only African-American," said mother Nadine Gibson, with the Jack and Jill of America organization.

"The culture here today, the number of minority that are on staff," said mother Vondra Payne.

"It gives our teens an opportunity to connect with students that look like them," said Gibson.

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