IU East’s fall enrollment remains strong

Indiana University East maintains a strong enrollment this fall. The campus has a fall headcount enrollment of 3,490 students, who are enrolled in 36,300 credit hours. The head count enrollment represents a 2.6 percent decrease compared to last fall, but the decline reflects a change in the way enrollment figures are calculated, and a large graduating class this past spring.

IU East students walk in front of the Student Events and Activities Center.

New this fall, Indiana University no longer includes high school students taking dual-credit courses in official enrollment counts. This change means that enrollment figures will be a better indicator of the core changes happening with degree-seeking enrollment, and will most accurately reflect campus and institutional health, capacity and service. IU East also celebrated a record-breaking graduating class in May.

During the Commencement Ceremony, the university conferred 811 baccalaureate degrees and 65 master’s degrees, a significant increase for IU East that marked the campus’s highest number of graduates in a given year. IU East is continually working with new prospective students and transfers and encouraging them to become part of a future graduating class.

IU East has experienced increases in certain demographics of its enrollment this fall, such as a record number of graduate students enrolled (headcount of 198). IU East offers six graduate programs in education, English, management, nursing, social work and teaching mathematics.

Additionally, the campus set a record enrollment for students of Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and two or more races. Both Hispanic/Latino (headcount of 120, 3.9 percent of overall enrollment) and African-American (headcount of 153, 5 percent of overall enrollment) students made gains in actual numbers and as a proportion of degree-seeking students. Taken together, the number of degree-seeking domestic minorities set a record at headcount of 403, or 13.2 percent of overall enrollment.

IU East’s primary mission is to provide bachelor’s and graduate education to students in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. The campus offers a variety of online course options for students, providing students with flexibility in completing their degree programs. As a result, many IU East students take a mix of online and on-campus courses.

Online programs also continue to grow at IU East. In addition to individual online courses, the campus also offers 14 bachelor’s degree online completion program options, as well as Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies and Mathematics.

Enrollment by county for Indiana shows the highest number of IU East students are from Wayne County, followed by Randolph, Henry, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union counties. IU East also enrolls a number of students from Ohio as part of a tuition reciprocity agreement, including students primarily from Preble, Darke, Butler, Shelby and Mercer counties.

Official enrollment numbers were released by Indiana University on September 7.