Originally Posted by warpaint*
It is the criteria. My understanding is that KU (and perhaps Kstate although I am not for sure on them) counts anyone who's attended the school in their figure while MU counts graduates only. Their actual # of graduates in town is probably half that or somewhere whereabouts..
KU reports non-grads in their alumni count (since the word "alumni" refers to any student) so you are very correct there.
Mizzou has to be doing the same and here's why: They claim 20K in Kansas City, and another 60K in St Louis. That's equivalent to what KU reports in Kansas City. It makes sense that MIzzou's alum base would be more split between the two cities and that KU's woudl be heavily concentrated a half hour from their campus. Since KU=MU in enrollment for over 100 years, their alumni counts will be the same in aggregate.