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Last modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Indiana University campuses set records for academic achievement, enrollment

Sept. 4, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- This year's incoming freshman class established new highs for academic quality and its members are part of the largest group of students ever to begin an academic year at Indiana University, according to census figures released today by the university.

A record 107,132 students are enrolled on seven Indiana University campuses, which also set a record for credit hours of 1,225,281.5. Including Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, which has not yet recorded official numbers, the estimated total for all IU students is 115,400 students and 1,299,280 credit hours.

Additionally, records for enrollment or credit hours were set on five individual campuses. Entering students set marks for high school honors, SAT scores and other indicators of academic excellence. Enrollment of international students increased on every IU campus and grew 10 percent overall to 8,452 students.

"As our record number of students and credit hours clearly show, more students and their families than ever recognize the value of an Indiana University education," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "The combination of high quality and affordability of Indiana University continues to be a strong draw for students, and the university continues to attract exceptional students from across Indiana, the nation and around the world.

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Students walk between classes at IU Bloomington as the 2013-14 academic year gets under way.

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"For example," he said, "our freshman class in Bloomington comes to IU having earned the highest composite SAT/ACT scores in university history, while our Hutton Honors College has its largest class ever. IUPUI set new marks for enrollment of first-year and international students and maintained a strong record for diversity."

McRobbie also noted the vital role IU's regional campuses play in providing an affordable, high-quality education to Hoosiers, including many nontraditional and first-generation college students.

"Our regional campuses are invaluable community resources that serve a broad spectrum of students. The campuses are increasingly a first choice for some of the best and brightest high school students in Indiana, as can be seen in the large gains in the number of students earning Indiana Academic Honors degrees from their high schools and those being named 21st Century Scholars by the state."

Enrollment records at IU Bloomington

Official enrollment at IU Bloomington is a record 46,817. The figure includes 4,490 high school students, most of whom are not present on campus but are enrolled in Advanced College Project courses through IU Bloomington. In previous years, these students were not included in Bloomington enrollment totals, but a change in registration procedures caused them to be recorded this year.

Not including high school students, IU Bloomington total enrollment would be 42,327, up more than 200 from last year. Among first-year students at IU Bloomington, the average grade-point average was a record 3.72. Some 90.1 percent of Indiana residents earned an Academic Honors Diploma, the highest percentage ever.

First-year students' average composite SAT/ACT score was 1217, up from last year's average of 1202. More than 30 percent of entering students had an SAT score of 1300 or higher. Some 1,050 qualified for admission to Hutton Honors College, an increase of 29.2 percent over last fall.

"This year's first-year students are the most academically accomplished in our history," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "The campus has also seen positive growth this year in the number of students from underrepresented minority groups and participants in Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program. It's clear that our focus on providing an excellent, accessible and global academic experience is matching up with the goals of talented and committed students."'

There are 7,604 degree-seeking students in the freshman class; a record 7,583 are enrolled full time. Minority students account for 18.6 percent of first-year students who are U.S. residents, a campus record. Reflecting state and national trends, first-year enrollment grew among Hispanic, Asian-American and multiracial students. The class also includes 604 international students from 36 countries.

There are more men than women among IU Bloomington first-year students for only the second time in the past 20 years.

Continued growth, academic gains at IUPUI

With 30,488 students, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis recorded its 18th consecutive year of overall growth along with a record for credit hours of 355,137.5. Its freshmen class of full-time students is the largest, most academically talented and ethnically diverse in campus history.

IUPUI also enrolled a record 1,837 international students, up 15 percent from last year. International students now comprise 6 percent of the total IUPUI enrollment.

Among first-year students at IUPUI, nearly one in four are minorities and almost 20 percent are 21st Century Scholars, participants in an Indiana program that provides scholarships for students who qualify by income and maintain high grades in high school. The number of freshmen who earned an Academic Honors Diploma and the number who scored 1300 or higher on the SAT have both increased by about 50 percent in the past two years.

With the new University Tower residence center serving as an attraction, nearly 2,000 students are now living on the IUPUI campus.

"IUPUI continues its 18-year streak of record credit hours taught. Today we are teaching more full-time students and more classes," said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. "IUPUI's commitment to attracting students with 21st-century degree programs and support programs; campus life; the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative, encouraging research, international, service and other experiential learning; and facilities like campus housing and the new dining hall is fueling steady increases in recruitment, retention and graduation rates. That is good news for increasing the number of degree holders in Indiana as well as for making the state a talent magnet."

Record overall enrollment on the seven Indiana University campuses was bolstered by strong high school enrollment at Bloomington and several other campuses. However, the number of undergraduate students enrolled with a full-time course load also set a record at 62,229.

See campus websites for more information. University and campus enrollment highlights include:

Indiana University

  • 107,132 students, up 5 percent from last fall and a new record. Disregarding the IU Bloomington ACP high school students, enrollment would be 102,642, still a university-wide record.
  • Including IU students at IPFW, university-wide enrollment is projected to be 115,400 students and 1,299,280 credit hours.
  • 1,225,281.5 credit hours, up 2.6 percent and a new record.
  • Hispanic, Asian-American and multi-racial students increased significantly across the campuses.

IU Bloomington

  • 46,817 students, a new record, up 11.1 percent from last year thanks to inclusion for the first time of high school students enrolled in Advance College Placement classes.
  • 583,573.5 credit hours, up 3.7 percent and a new record.
  • Enrollment encompasses 36,862 undergraduates (including ACP high school students) and 9,955 students in graduate and professional schools.


  • 30,488 students, up 0.1 percent.
  • 355,137.5 credit hours, up 2.5 percent and a new record.
  • International students increased by 15 percent, reaching a record of 1,837.
  • Students who are Hispanic, Asian-American and two or more races increased significantly.

IU East

  • 4,456 students, up 6.5 percent and a new record.
  • 40,543.5 credit hours, up 3.1 percent and a new record.
  • This marks the 17th consecutive semester that IU East enrollment has grown.
  • The number of students has increased by 96.6 percent since the fall of 2007.

IU Kokomo

  • 4,178 students, up 12.3 percent and a new record.
  • 38,600 credit hours, up 10 percent and a new record.
  • Minority enrollment increased by nearly 30 percent.
  • 74 percent of undergraduates are attending full time, also a record.

IU Northwest

  • 6,387 students, up 3.3 percent and a new record.
  • 62,556 credit hours, up 1.7 percent and a new record.
  • A 43 percent increase in first-year students who earned Academic Honors Diplomas.
  • Increase of 2 percent in juniors and 3 percent in seniors and a 6 percent increase in incoming transfer students.

IU South Bend

  • 8,073 students, down 4.9 percent.
  • 76,459 credit hours, down 3.9 percent.
  • First-year students who earned an Academic Honors Diploma increased by almost 20 percent.

IU Southeast

  • 6,733 students, down 2.5 percent.
  • 68,412 credit hours, down 1.9 percent.
  • First-year students who received an Academic Honors Diploma increased by 30.5 percent.
  • 21st Century Scholars increased by 30.5 percent among beginning students.

Information about university and campus enrollment from previous years is available at the IU Institutional Research and Reporting office website.