BATON ROUGE (AP) — More black and Hispanic students enrolled at LSU this fall than at any other time in school history, an achievement the university credits to an expanded recruiting effort.
This fall's black student enrollment of 3,054 students just barely eclipses the previous high of 3,035 set in 2002 but represents a 200-student increase over last year.
LSU's Office of Budget and Planning says the school also saw Hispanic enrollment rise by 156 students this fall, increasing from 1,305 students compared with the previous high of 1,149 set last year.
LSU System President and Baton Rouge campus Chancellor William Jenkins framed those numbers in terms of expanding student access — one of the more popular concepts being discussed in higher education circles over the past several years.
"LSU is accomplishing the greater goal of reaching more of our state's citizens," Jenkins said.
David Kurpius, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/UmkCm7) part of the minority gains can be attributed to LSU's strategy to place a recruiter in New Orleans.
"She spent a lot of times in high-performing, high-minority schools," Kurpius said. "And she's really good at her job."
LSU also expanded its recruiting base in Texas, making serious efforts in Dallas and Houston, Kurpius said. "So what we've done is get a group of new, energetic people together to help with our enrollment. We're excited to see more gains next year," Kurpius said.
LSU's total enrollment came in at 29,549 — a 2 percent increase over last year when LSU reported enrolling 28,985 students.