Press Release 161/2011

About 22,500 Students at KIT

In the 2011/2012 Winter Semester, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Will Have as Many Students as Never Before
Reges Treiben: Rund 22.500 Studierende erobern in diesem Wintersemester den  KIT-Campus. (Foto: KIT)
The KIT Campus will be conquered by about 22,500 students in the coming winter semester. (Photo: Harry Marx)

In the current winter semester, the number of students has reached a new maximum: About 22,500 students have enrolled at KIT. Of these, 5791 freshmen have started their studies. As compared to the past year, growth rates are very high in admission-free studies courses in informatics, civil engineering, and applied geosciences. These figures still are of preliminary character, as the deadline for statistics will be in late November.

Upon the completion of the enrolment phase, it is now clear: This is the highest number of students in the history of KIT and the former Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Compared to the past winter semester, about 2700 students more will be found on the campus. Of the 5791 freshmen, 1217 students are female. More than 1000 foreign students have decided in favor of studies at KIT. This increase in students is due to the abolition of compulsory military service and the doubled secondary graduation classes in Bavaria. “There is a particular demand for studies courses without restricted admission in this winter semester,” says Michael Kurth, Deputy Head of the Studies and Teaching Service Unit. About 600 students have enrolled in informatics. Here, the number of freshmen has nearly doubled. 120 students have enrolled in applied geosciences. Also here, figures have doubled. Civil engineering has attracted about 200 students more.

“We are very pleased about our high popularity among the freshmen. In mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, and engineering in particular, we urgently need well-trained young scientists in our country. We are glad that our programs of natural and engineering sciences are booked out this year,” says Professor Jürgen Becker, Chief Higher Education Officer at KIT. Becker underlines that further record figures are to be expected in 2012 due to the doubled final secondary school classes in Baden-Württemberg. Hence, there will be considerable need for rooms and large lecture halls in the next year.



Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

sk, 04.11.2011


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