IU system enrollment tops 110,000 for first time
By Mike Leonard
September 8, 2011
Enrollment in Indiana University's eight campus system topped the 110,000 figure for the first time in school history, according to official student census data reported this week.
New enrollment records were set in Bloomington, IU East at Richmond, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, IU Northwest in Gary and IU Southeast in New Albany. Students signed up for record numbers of credit hours universitywide and set all-time high marks IU Kokomo and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as Bloomington, East and Southeast.
"Our record enrollment figures across the university and at most of our campuses are just the latest evidence that more and more families are finding value in an Indiana University education,'' President Michael A. McRobbie said in a prepared statement. "In addition to setting new marks for enrollment, we are welcoming one of the strongest freshmen classes in the university's history, which includes a greater share of Indiana's top high school graduates than ever before. Increasingly, these students are benefiting from generous financial aid packages that are keeping the net cost of attendance affordable compared to our peer universities."
A good portion of increased scholarship aid comes from IU's "Matching the Promise" campaign, which was completed last year and raised a total of $1.144 billion for the university. Of that amount, $338.3 million was set aside for undergraduate and graduate student support.
Last year, the university announced that its enhanced financial support had resulted in IU Bloomington having the lowest net cost in the Big Ten, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Navigator website.
Total enrollment, including all students at the seven IU-administered campuses and IU students at IPFW, was 110,436, up 0.9 percent from the previous record set in fall 2010. This was the fourth consecutive fall that total enrollment at IU has topped the 100,000 mark.
Students were enrolled in 1,282,090.8 credit hours, a 0.4 percent increase from last year's record.
Enrollment increased at six of the eight campuses, with the strongest percentage increases at IU East and IU Kokomo. Enrollment was steady at IUPUI and declined slightly at IU South Bend.