BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On the first day of summer 2020 classes, Indiana University Bloomington reported a record high enrollment of 12,604 students, a 22 percent increase from summer 2019. Overall, 33,201 students enrolled in online courses offered through IU's campuses across the state, nearly 6 percent more than last summer when 31,443 students were enrolled in both remote learning and in-person classes.
The figures represent the strength of the university's highly successful IU Online program, which is taught and was developed by IU's world-class faculty. It also reflects the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on the part of students who had to adjust their summer plans and opted for virtual learning.
"IU's summer enrollment figures show our prioritization of student success even as we confront the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic," said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. "Each year we have seen continued interest in the robust offering of degree programs and high-quality courses offered through our IU Online program, and we are grateful that we are able to extend such an excellent IU education to our students in a remote learning environment."
From across IU's seven campuses, the university saw a total increase in enrollment:
- 12,604 students at IU Bloomington.
- 11,493 at IUPUI.
- 2,143 at IU East.
- 1,155 at IU Kokomo.
- 1,730 at IU Northwest.
- 1,841 at IU South Bend.
- 2,235 at IU Southeast.
The total number of credit hours for all IU students enrolled in summer 2020 increased by 9 percent from 2019, with students taking nearly 205,000 credit hours.
The total number of degree-seeking undergraduates in summer 2020 is 19,957, which is up by nearly 9 percent from 2019, when there were 18,325 degree-seeking undergraduate students. Undergraduate degree-seeking students are enrolled in 124,277 credit hours, an increase of 12.2 percent from 2019, when they sought 110,758 credit hours.
IU began summer courses online on May 12. The total enrollment recorded by the university on the first day of summer 2020 is the highest since 2016.