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August 29, 2012

Threepeat: New students, returnees help boost Indiana State enrollment to near 20-year high

TERRE HAUTE — With three straight years of historic growth among new students, and more returning students continuing their education, enrollment at Indiana State University stands at its highest level in nearly 20 years.

University officials announced today a fall semester head count of 12,114, an increase of nearly 600 students, or more than 5 percent, in comparison with 2011.

"It is exciting to see continued progress in meeting our enrollment goals both in terms of recruitment and retention," said Dan Bradley, Indiana State president. "Many factors are contributing to this success including the hard work of many people across campus, improved facilities and our commitment to providing a quality education at an affordable cost."

Bradley noted that the 2012 student body surpasses the enrollment goal set in "The Pathway to Success" strategic plan for 2014, and enrollment is the highest since 1993, when 12,181 students attended.

“With a freshman class of 2,668, we are seeing an increase this year of 147 students over last year’s class,” said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

This is the third consecutive year for record new student growth, he said, and a difference in class size of 840 students since 2009, when the entering class was 1,828. The number of transfer students has also exceeded 700 for the past four years, this year reaching 747.

“With continued growth in freshman and transfer students, Indiana State has clearly become a destination for students from Indiana and beyond seeking a quality education and unique experiences. Not only have we gained greater market share as more students choose Indiana State, the academic performance indicators of these students continues to improve," Beacon said.

As a reflection of both larger freshmen classes in recent years and efforts to help students succeed, the number of returning students increased by nearly 600 students since last fall.

"We commend the faculty and staff for their commitment to our students," said Linda Maule, dean of University College and coordinator of foundational studies. "Due to their hard work and diligence during the past year, the retention of first-time, full-time bachelor-degree seeking students is up 2.1% — a strong performance by national standards."

Other highlights in Indiana State's fall 2012 enrollment report:

• The number of in-state undergraduate students grew by 340, or 4.4 percent

• Out-of-state undergraduates grew by 162 students, or 7.6 percent.

• International student enrollment jumped by 100 students, an increase of nearly 31 percent and, for the second straight year, reflects a post Sept. 11 record.

• Only two major areas saw a slight decline with a dip of 29 seniors, or 1.3 percent, and a drop of 41 students, or less than 2 percent, in graduate students.

With campus housing near capacity, Indiana State is planning for continued growth, Bradley said. Erickson Hall is being renovated to return to its original use as a residence hall while additional student housing is planned both on campus and in downtown Terre Haute, where the university is working with a private developer to house students in new or renovated buildings that will also include office and retail space.

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