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More Indy-area students choosing Indiana State

September 25, 2012

One of every four students in Indiana State University's record-setting freshman class hails from Indianapolis or its surrounding counties and several Indianapolis high schools are now among the top producers of students choosing Indiana State.

Five Indianapolis schools - Ben Davis, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central and Warren Central - are among Indiana State's top 10 feeder schools this fall, collectively accounting for more than 200 of Indiana State's record class of nearly 2,700 new students.

Other central Indiana high schools whose graduates are choosing Indiana State include Pike, Franklin Central, Brownsburg, Avon, Greenwood, Center Grove, Plainfield, Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, Tri-West, Noblesville, Arsenal, Cascade, Broad Ripple, Beech Grove, Carmel, Martinsville, Perry Meridian and Roncalli.

Record freshmen enrollment helped boost Indiana State's fall student headcount to 12,114, the highest in nearly 20 years. Growth has been especially strong among students from three central Indiana counties. The number of students enrolling at Indiana State from Hendricks County increased 45 percent from 2011, while Johnson County was up 32 percent and Marion County was up 13 percent.

University officials say Indiana State's new students represent more than 570 high schools throughout the United States, demonstrating that the university's reputation for quality and affordability is becoming recognized far beyond its Wabash Valley home - and especially in Indianapolis.

"Growing enrollment from the Indianapolis area has been an important part of our recruiting strategy for several years," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. "The Indianapolis metropolitan area has wonderfully diverse cultures from which to draw and some of the best high schools in the state are in this region."

This fall's freshman class is the most diverse in Indiana State University history, with 19 percent more African-Americans than last year and 12 percent more Hispanics, Beacon noted.

Indiana State has attracted larger freshmen classes for each of the past three years and more of last year's freshmen have returned this fall to continue working toward a four-year degree. The year-to-year retention rate is up 2.5 percent overall from 2011 and showed an even greater improvement among minorities, climbing by 8.4 percent for African-Americans, 25.2 percent for Hispanics and 16 percent for multi-racial students.

New goals announced earlier this month call for enrollment at Indiana State to reach 14,000 by 2017, with 80 percent of students to come from within Indiana.

Contact: John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications, Indiana State University, 812-237-3560 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or