How did WWII affect the numbers of students attending KU?
The war had a profound affect on all aspects of KU life. The most telling statistic is enrollment. KU's student population had been steadily growing by around 1,000 students per decade. It was nearly 5,000 strong when the war began. KU's numbers started dropping, almost by 1,000 students from 1943 to 1944. However, enrollment regained that 1,000 students the following year, then grew dramatically from 1945 to 1946 when the war ended. It went from just under 4,000 students to just over 9,000! Here are the enrollment numbers by year.