IU reports continued strong enrollment, remains prime destination for Hoosier college students

  • Sept. 4, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University continues to be a very attractive college choice, especially for Hoosier students, as evidenced by near-record enrollment and credit hours this fall.

A total of 114,912 students were enrolled on eight campuses as of this week’s official census deadline for recording enrollment, and those students are enrolled in 1,305,101 credit hours. The totals are just short of the eight-campus records of 115,412 students set in 2013 and 1,305,295.5 credit hours set in 2014.

The total enrollment includes 107,020 students at the seven IU-administered campuses -- IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast -- along with 7,892 IU students attending Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The enrollment totals at all eight campuses include nearly 100,000 degree-seeking students, along with more than 16,000 non-degree-seeking students, most of whom are high school students enrolled in IU classes.

Across all IU campuses, nearly 80 percent of all degree-seeking undergraduates are Indiana residents. At IU Bloomington, the campus with the most nonresident and international students, more than 60 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates are Indiana residents, which is consistent with previous years.

"Our continued strong enrollment clearly reflects the exceptional value that students and their families place on an Indiana University education, and it is testament to our determined efforts to ensure that the degree path we offer is accessible and affordable for qualified students from all backgrounds," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "We are also extremely pleased that IU continues to serve as a prime destination for Indiana's best and brightest students, as evidenced by the more than three-quarters of our degree-seeking undergraduates who call Indiana home, and our welcoming of the most academically accomplished class in the history of the IU Bloomington campus."

New enrollment marks were set at IU Bloomington and IU East, and students at those campuses and at IU Kokomo enrolled in a record number of credit hours. Records for minority and international enrollment were set on several campuses, including IU Bloomington.

IU Bloomington welcomed its largest, most diverse and most academically prepared group of first-year students, while the number of undergraduates enrolled in degree programs at Bloomington -- currently 32,694 -- continued to hold steady.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, reflecting its growing stature as a research campus, set new marks for enrollment in doctoral-research programs as well as doctoral-practice programs.

Aside from IU East, regional campuses experienced slight decreases in enrollment in line with demographic trends such as a decline in the number of Indiana high school graduates and community-college enrollments.

“We are extremely pleased that, in the face of these challenges, IU’s regional campuses continue to serve as attractive and affordable options for Indiana students and their families,” said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs.

IU Bloomington

There are 42,588 students enrolled in degree programs at IU Bloomington, a new record for Indiana University’s oldest and largest campus and a 1.5 percent increase from last year. The figure includes 32,694 undergraduates and nearly 10,000 graduate and doctoral-professional students.

“These figures show stable enrollment along with an increase this year in degree-seeking and first-year students from Indiana,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel.

“The campus’s increasing diversity reflects a sustained and focused effort in this area and the outstanding success of initiatives such as the Groups Scholars, 21st Century Scholars and Hudson and Holland Scholars programs. The continued growth demonstrates that IU Bloomington remains an outstanding value with exemplary academic opportunities and the lowest net cost of attendance in the Big Ten.”

Total enrollment at the campus is 48,514, a new record and a 4.5 percent increase from last year. That number includes 5,369 high school students taking Advanced College Project courses through IU Bloomington, who were first included in the total in 2013.

Enrollment of full-time and degree-seeking undergraduate students edged upward, setting records. The campus set records for enrollment of Hispanic/Latino students, which increased by 8.2 percent; Asian-American students, which increased 7.8 percent; and international students, up 2.6 percent.

The entering class of first-year students set records for size, diversity and academic accomplishment. It includes 7,875 students with an average combined SAT/ACT score of 1218. It also includes 1,185 students from underrepresented groups and international students from 33 different countries. Of U.S. residents whose race or ethnicity is known, 21.9 percent are from minority groups.


Enrollment at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis declined slightly after setting new records and showing growth in nearly every student category in 2014.

The campus enrolled 30,105 students, down 1.9 percent from last year. The total includes 1,703 students at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

Along with new marks for doctoral program enrollment, records were set for Hispanic/Latino enrollment, which increased 7.6 percent; Asian-American enrollment, which increased 2.6 percent; and students of two or more races, up 7.3 percent. U.S. minority enrollment set a record and reached 24.8 percent of domestic students at IUPUI. International enrollment set a record at 1,953, up 6.4 percent.

“IUPUI offers rich and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs that equip students to compete on a global playing field in the 21st century,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar said. “The record increase in our minority and international enrollment is a testament to our recruiting efforts and the quality and range of our academic programs, a direct reflection of the growing diversity of the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana, and is strategically aligned with campus and university priorities."

There are 3,929 first-year students enrolled at IUPUI, the second largest group in history.

The incoming students have the highest SAT scores in the campus’s history, with a 17 percent increase in those who scored over 1300. Minority students account for nearly one-fourth of all beginners, helping IUPUI to its most diverse student body in history.

Enrollment facts by campus:

IU Bloomington

  • 48,514 students enrolled, a record and up 4.5 percent from last year
  • 598,456.5 credit hours, a record and up 2.2 percent
  • 42,588 degree-seeking students, a record and up 1.5 percent
  • 6,126 international students, a record and up 2.6 percent


  • 30,105 students, down 1.9 percent
  • 361,325 credit hours, down 1.2 percent
  • Records for Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American students and students of two or more races
  • Records for degree-seeking domestic minority students and international students

IU East

  • 4,716 students, a record and up 3.1 percent
  • 42,410 credit hours, a record and up 0.8 percent
  • Record for graduate students, up 12.8 percent
  • Records for Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American students and students of two or more races

IU Kokomo

  • 4,090 students, down 2.2 percent
  • 39,892 credit hours, up 0.8 percent and a record
  • Record for full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students
  • Record number of first-year students

IU Northwest

  • 5,848 students, down 3.4 percent
  • 57,207 credit hours, down 4 percent
  • Decrease in undergraduate and graduate student enrollment and credit hours

IU South Bend

  • 7,574 students, down 3.6 percent
  • 73,736 credit hours, down 2.2 percent
  • Records for Hispanic/Latino students and students of two or more races
  • Record for degree-seeking minority students; up 1.4 percent, reaching 22.7 percent of population

IU Southeast

  • 6,173 students, down 4.2 percent
  • 63,978 credit hours, down 3.7 percent
  • Decline for degree-seeking and full-time undergraduate students
  • Records for Hispanic/Latino students and students of two or more races.

When available, complete enrollment information for fall 2015 will be posted at the University Institutional Research and Reporting website.

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