Enrollment up again; Incoming students have highest GPA in decade

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
August 31, 2011

The number of on-campus and distance education students at Indiana State University increased by nearly 400 this fall to more than 11,400, thanks to another large freshman class, more returning students and an increase in international students.

In releasing official 2011 enrollment figures, university officials also noted the incoming freshman class of 2,521 has the highest academic achievement in more than 10 years.

"Not only is this class the second largest in university history, we are pleased to report that new freshmen have the highest grade point average of any incoming class in more than a decade," said university President Dan Bradley.

"Indiana State University has seen dramatic growth during the past two years, not only in its enrollment and retention growth, but in the increased academic performance of its entering classes," Bradley said.

"Given a still struggling economy with little improvement in national employment numbers following nearly three years of pulling through a recession, our growth these past two years has been nothing short of remarkable," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications "This year's freshman class is 38 percent larger than just two years ago."

More than 1,400 new students received the ISU Laptop Award, an increase of 200 from fall 2010 and nearly twice as many as two years ago, Beacon noted. Indiana State awards laptop computers to incoming students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Bradley said the numbers suggest the university is attracting students who are more likely to stay in college and complete a four-year degree.

"We are pleased that so many students and families recognize the quality and value of an ISU education," Bradley said. "It is especially gratifying that more high achieving students are choosing Indiana State."

This fall's enrollment includes students in new graduate-level programs, including master's in physician assistant studies, designed to help address the shortage of health care providers in Indiana, especially in rural areas.

More students are also staying on campus, with student housing at near capacity even after the re-opening of newly remodeled Pickerl Hall, which houses 235 honors students. At the same time, twice as many students as last year are housed at Candlewood Suites, located in downtown Terre Haute, just one block from the Indiana State campus.

Other ISU enrollment highlights include:

* An increase of more than 500 in the number of returning students, reflecting last year's record freshman class
* A transfer enrollment of more than 720, relatively unchanged from last year
* More than 550 international students, the highest number in the post 9/11 era.

Indiana State's total enrollment this fall stands at 11,422, plus 105 students in the corrections education program. Last fall's enrollment was 11,025, with an additional 469 corrections education students.

"The state corrections program is being transitioned away from four-year universities, which means we have admitted no new corrections students this fall," Beacon said. "For that reason, enrollment comparisons for this year and last year are being provided without correction headcounts."

Looking ahead to next year, Indiana State will waive its normal application fee for high school seniors during the month of September in conjunction with "College Go! Week," Sept. 26-30. High school students and others planning to begin or continue their higher education are invited to visit the ISU campus during "Sycamore Preview Days" Sept. 17, Oct. 10 and Nov. 11.

Registration for Sycamore Preview Days and additional information about Indiana State is available by calling 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or by visiting the Office of Admissions Web site at www.indstate.edu/admissions.

Contact: John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing, and communications, Indiana State University, 812-237-3560 or john.beacon@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

The number of on-campus and sistance education students at ISU stands at more than 11,400, an increase of more than 400 from last year. This year's incoming freshmen also have the highest average high school grade point average in more than 10 years.

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