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August 28, 2013

Indiana State reports highest enrollment since ’72

TERRE HAUTE — Enrollment at Indiana State University has reached its highest level in more than 40 years, university officials announced today.

Growth in the number of returning students and record graduate college enrollment, together with another large class of new freshmen, helped boost fall student head count to 12,448, an increase of 334 from last fall. It is the highest enrollment since 1972 when slightly more than 13,000 students attended, according to an ISU news release.

“Today’s enrollment numbers reflect the fact that Indiana State University is a strong contender among our peers for attracting and retaining well qualified students,” said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications, in the news release. “Our commitment to making college affordable, while providing an education that is second to none, has made us a popular choice among students from throughout the state and Midwest.”

The incoming class of 2,661 new freshmen includes the largest honors class ever, with 306 students. Total enrollment in the University Honors Program is also a record, with 964 students.

More than half of all incoming freshmen (1,452 students) received the university’s Laptop Award, which requires a minimum 3.0 grade point average, Beacon said. He noted that the number of Laptop Award recipients has more than doubled since the program began in 2006, when 677 laptops were distributed.

The number of in-state residents choosing Indiana State increased over last year, Beacon said, and the university continues to attract high numbers of transfer students – more than 700 for the fourth straight year following a decade of decline.

Graduate student enrollment rose 7 percent this fall to a record 2,180 students, in part due to the launch of new master’s and doctoral programs in health care, which are aimed at addressing shortages in a variety of fields.

Beacon noted that campus housing at Indiana State is full and construction is underway to open additional student housing in 2014.


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