IUPUI begins 51st year with record freshman class

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More than 4,300 freshmen begin class this week in Indianapolis, Columbus and Fort Wayne. Video by Samantha Thompson, Indiana University

Classrooms are filling up across IUPUI's campuses in Indianapolis, Columbus and Fort Wayne, highlighted by the largest freshman class in the university's history.

An estimated 4,319 beginning students are projected on the three campuses for the start of the school year, with the flagship Indianapolis campus leading the way with 3,777 students, according to preliminary estimates. All three campuses boast increased freshman enrollment from a year ago.

"We enjoyed a wonderful celebration of IUPUI's 50th anniversary during the 2018-19 academic year, and that momentum is continuing with our record freshman class," Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. "This diverse group will enhance IUPUI's status as a destination for the best students from across Indiana and around the world."

The freshman class has 1,400 students of color, which is 32.6 percent of the class; 1,280 of those students (33.9 percent of the class) are enrolled in Indianapolis. Both of those figures are records for the university. Students of color includes those who identify as African American, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and two or more races.

The class boasts an average SAT score of 1102, with 68.4 percent of Indiana resident students having an honors high school diploma. IUPUI's freshmen hail from 91 of Indiana's 92 counties and 28 different states, plus Puerto Rico. The university's strong international contingent includes 52 countries represented in the new class.

IUPUI's total enrollment is projected at 30,068, with official enrollment figures to be compiled the week of Sept. 1.

Residents on the Indianapolis campus arrived last week and will participate in numerous Weeks of Welcome events over the next two weeks.