Indiana University enrollment holds steady despite demographic trends

  • Sept. 3, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Enrollment at Indiana University campuses remains strong, despite changing demographics that have led to declining student populations at many universities, especially in the Midwest.

Record numbers of students enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East and IU Kokomo this fall. Additionally, records for credit hours were set at those campuses, at IU Bloomington and for the university.

A total of 114,382 IU students were enrolled on eight campuses Tuesday, the official census day for recording university enrollment. The figure includes enrollment at the IU-administered campuses: IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. Also included are 8,170 IU students attending Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Additionally, IU students are enrolled in more than 1.3 million credit hours this fall, with Bloomington students taking over 585,000 and IUPUI students over 365,000.

“Indiana University’s enrollment is nearly keeping pace with its recent record high levels, and this is a remarkably positive development as we are starting to see a shrinking pool of college-age individuals, a trend that will continue for several years,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said.

“This continued strong enrollment -- including record student populations on our Indianapolis, Kokomo and Richmond campuses, along with the extremely impressive academic profile of our incoming freshman class -- is a testament to Indiana University’s well-deserved reputation as an affordable, world-class educational institution.”

Total IU enrollment this fall is the second highest ever and about 1,000 fewer than the record set in 2013. It includes freshman classes at IU Bloomington and IUPUI that are the largest-ever at those campuses and, by several measures, the most academically talented.

A record 8,563 international students are enrolled on the seven campuses administered by IU. Enrollment of underrepresented minorities on those campuses increased by 7.8 percent for Hispanic students, 5.5 percent for Asian-American students and 8.9 percent for students of more than one race.

IU Bloomington

At IU Bloomington, enrollment is 46,416, a decrease of 401 students from fall 2013.

Enrollment of degree-seeking undergraduates increased and set a new record, and graduate student enrollment also increased. The number of enrolled freshmen decreased slightly, but the number of sophomores, juniors and seniors increased. Among underrepresented minorities, enrollment increased by 9.1 percent for Hispanic students, 9.8 percent for Asian-Americans and 12.9 percent for multiracial students.

"The class of 2018 is an extremely diverse, academically accomplished and global group," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "Our new freshmen are from 89 counties in Indiana, 47 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and from 42 countries around the world. This class also represents the largest number of underrepresented minority students in IU Bloomington’s history."

Included in the IU Bloomington numbers are 7,716 first-year students, a campus record. One-third of first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Among Indiana residents, more than 90 percent of freshmen earned the Academic Honors Diploma in high school.

The total enrollment figures include 3,782 high school students enrolled in Advanced College Project courses through IU Bloomington, who were included in campus totals for the first time in 2013. Without these students, total campus enrollment would be 42,634.


IUPUI set records with 30,690 students enrolled in 365,627 credit hours. The number of students is up 0.7 percent from last year, and the number of credit hours increased by 3 percent.

"IUPUI is committed to launching our students into 21st-century careers by offering contemporary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that will positively impact the Indianapolis community, the state of Indiana and points beyond," IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said. "While enrollment trends continue to increase, IUPUI is attracting better-prepared students, students seeking more credit hours for early degree completion and students devoted to community engagement, which is a testament to the educational experience provided to students by our faculty and staff."

IUPUI enrollment grew this year among nearly all categories of students, including undergraduates, graduate students, full-time students and degree-seeking students. Among students seeking degrees, there were increases of 9.8 percent for Hispanic students, 1.7 percent for African-Americans, 2.9 percent for Asian-Americans and 8.7 percent for multiracial students.

The largest, most talented freshman class in IUPUI history includes 3,949 first-year students, a 4 percent increase from last year. Nearly 15 percent of first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 42 percent were in the top quarter of their class. Of Indiana residents, 61 percent earned the Indiana Honors Diploma.

Other campus highlights include:

IU Bloomington

  • 46,146 students enrolled, down 0.9 percent from last year.
  • 585,330.5 credit hours, up 0.3 percent and a record.
  • Degree-seeking undergraduates up 0.8 percent, setting a record; hours up 1 percent.
  • Graduate enrollment up 0.4 percent; graduate hours down 1.5 percent.


  • 30,690 students enrolled, up 0.7 percent and a record.
  • 365,627 credit hours, up 3 percent and a record.
  • Degree-seeking undergraduates up 1 percent and credit hours up 3.1 percent, both records.
  • Graduate enrollment up 1.1 percent and credit hours up 3.1 percent.

IU East

  • 4,573 students enrolled, up 2.6 percent and a record.
  • 42,093 credit hours, up 3.8 percent and a record.
  • Enrollment of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates increased 3.5 percent and set a record.
  • Among degree-seeking students, enrollment increased 19.5 percent for Hispanic students and 9.2 percent for African-American students.

IU Kokomo

  • 4,180 students enrolled, an increase of two students and a record.
  • 39,590 credit hours, up 2.6 percent and a record.
  • Full-time enrollment of degree-seeking undergraduates increased 3.6 percent, setting a record; graduate enrollment down.
  • Among degree-seeking students, enrollment increased 20 percent for Hispanic students and 9.7 percent for African-American students.

IU Northwest

  • 6,052 students enrolled, down 5.2 percent after reaching record level last year.
  • 59,613 credit hours, down 4.7 percent.
  • Undergraduate and graduate enrollment both decreased.
  • Among degree-seeking students, Hispanic enrollment increased 2.1 percent and African-American enrollment decreased.

IU South Bend

  • 7,859 students enrolled, down 2.7 percent.
  • 75,383 credit hours, down 1.4 percent.
  • Among degree-seeking students, Hispanic enrollment increased by 9.8 percent and African-American enrollment increased by 6.6 percent.
  • International enrollment increased by 26.7 percent.

IU Southeast

  • 6,442 students enrolled, down 4.3 percent.
  • 66,470 credit hours, down 2.8 percent.
  • Enrollment decreased for degree-seeking undergraduates and for graduate students.
  • African-American and Hispanic enrollment decreased; enrollment of Kentucky residents under reciprocity agreements decreased by 7.8 percent.

When available, complete enrollment information for fall 2014 will be posted at the University Institutional Research and Reporting website.

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IU Bloomington students -- among the more than 114,000 students enrolled at Indiana University campuses this fall -- move between classes.

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