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Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2002

IU reports record enrollment for new academic year

Enrollment at Indiana University is at record levels for the fall semester of the 2002-03 academic year, as measured both by total number of students and by total credit hours taken.

Enrollment figures released Thursday (Sept. 12) show 98,710 students enrolled in 1,101,661 credit hours university-wide. Those figures represent a 2.6 percent increase in enrollment and a 3.9 percent increase in credit hours over last year's record levels.

"The continued enrollment growth is good news for both our university and our state," said IU President Myles Brand. "Clearly, we are meeting the needs and expectations of a growing number of students and educating more of the future college graduates that Indiana needs to thrive economically."

Enrollment statistics show that the IU campuses in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Richmond, Fort Wayne and New Albany all are at record levels for both numbers of students and credit hours. The South Bend campus recorded a new all-time high for credit hours. IU Northwest recorded a 5.5 percent increase in enrollment and an 8.6 percent increase in credit hours. IU Kokomo's enrollment increased 1.1 percent and its credit hours increased 5.0 percent.

"I am particularly encouraged that enrollments on our regional campuses are so strong. The success of each regional campus depends on its ability to work closely with its community to meet the educational needs there. Our regional campuses have been very successful in that effort," Brand said.

Indiana University Bloomington welcomed its largest class of beginning freshmen in its history this fall, with 7,080 enrolling. This is the fourth consecutive year that IUB enrollment has set a record for both enrollment and credit hours. Enrollment at IUB for the fall semester is 38,903 students.

"Providing access to an outstanding higher education to qualified Hoosiers is a central aspect of our mission. While the IUB campus is clearly reaching its capacity, we are determined to make sure that each of those students in Bloomington -- indeed on all of our campuses -- is given the tools he or she needs to succeed and to graduate," Brand said.