Again enrollment and credit hours for the spring semester have reached record numbers at Indiana University Northwest. Enrollment totals reached 5,091, up 3.3 percent, while credit hours reached 46,199, up 3.1 percent from last spring.
In the past two years enrollment at IU Northwest has increased by a total of 12 percent. This strong growth shows that the university compares favorably with the several other public institutions in Northwest Indiana, according to Joseph Pellicciotti, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Services.
Pellicciotti said there are numerous factors, including the current economy, that have led to the extremely favorable growth, but two reasons that stand out are the university’s focus on student-centered principles and career-focused academic excellence. The results from a series of focus groups conducted last spring revealed a common thread of student satisfaction with how they are treated by faculty and administration offices. In addition, the campus takes pride in its career-focused academic programs that continue to lead students into careers within Northwest Indiana.
“I’ve been here for more than 20 years and I know we’ve always treated our students well, but in the last several years we’ve cultivated a student-centered culture on campus," he said. “We have a caring attitude that is special here.”
The total eight-campus IU enrollment was 94,212 (93,664 in spring 2002-03), up 0.6 percent, and the total of credit hours was 1,054,232 (1,036,142 in spring 2002-03), up 1.7 percent. Enrollment increases also were recorded at IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Record credit-hour levels also were established at East, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and IU South Bend.