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Image 7 of Annual Register of the State College of Kentucky, Volume 3 (1881-1882)

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STATE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY. 7 The collegiate year of I88I—l82 closes with a larger ma- trieulation than any year which has preceded. The increase over the matriculation list of the year 1880—'81 is no less I than thirty—six per cent. Since the severance ofthe con- nection with Kentucky University, which took place four years ago, the growth of the College in patronage and public confidence has been uninterrupted, as the following _ figures will show: ° l Total number of inatriculates 1S77—`S (last year of connection with Kentucky University) . ..... . . ............. 78 Total number of matriculates IS7S—lQ. .............. IIS Total number of mzttricnlates 1S79—’8o .............. 137 _ Total number of inatriculates 18So—’1. .............. 234 Total number of matriculates 1S81—’2. .............. 321 The effect of the unprovoked assault made last winter upon the State College before the Legislature by the vari- ous denominational colleges of the State was to increase, rather than to diminish its attendance. The plea which the aggrieved colleges made, that education was made too cheap, too many advantages offered, and too wide a range _' of instruction provided, failed to convince the Legislature K that State aid should be withdrawn from an institution to which, by accepting the trust from the General Government· the Commonwealth had pledged her support. Should the State College be let alone and allowed to devote itself to its i own work and to operate on its own lines, work which in no proper sense interferes with that of the denominational col- leges, and in no proper sense traverses the lines on which they are laid down, five years will not elapse until it has six hundred students within its walls. Then we may hope that the reproach which has hitherto attached to Kentucky, that /_ she had no institution worthy of her, may in some degree " 4 be removed. 5

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