Indiana University Northwest announced today that its Fall 2008 enrollment numbers have increased from a year ago in both total students and credit hours taken.
Final enrollment data for the fall semester showed 4,794 students enrolled in classes for this term. That is four more students than were enrolled for Fall 2007.
However, the university’s credit hours taken for this term total 48,736, which is a 3.2 percent increase, or 1,522 hours, over last year’s total of 47,214.
"We are very pleased to have had an increase in both student headcount and credit-hour production this fall over last fall,” said IU Northwest Vice Chancellor for Administration Joe Pellicciotti. “Our increase in credit-hour production was particularly strong. We have a larger percentage of full-time students this fall than we’ve had in the past, and that is a key reason for the significant increase in credit hours."
Pellicciotti acknowledged a continuing upward trend at IU Northwest of beginning undergraduate students — that is, students who are coming to college for the first time — as part of the impetus behind this year’s enrollment increase. The number of first-time students at the Northwest campus has increased each of the past four years, he said. This year, the campus welcomed 769 first-time students, a seven percent increase over last year’s total, according to Pellicciotti.
“This is the second-largest increase of beginning students among the campuses of Indiana University this year,” he said. “We have done a good job of bringing beginning students to campus."
Pellicciotti noted that IU Northwest has seen a significant increase in the number of first-time Latino students during the past several years. This year, the university enrolled 135 first-time undergraduate Latino students, as compared to 73 in Fall 2005 and 97 last year. Total Latino enrollment increased 8.5 percent, from 555 students last year to a record 602 this fall.
“This has been a particular area of growth for us,” the vice chancellor said. “We have seen a 39 percent increase in first-time Latino students over last year and an 85 percent increase from 2005. We are very pleased that we’re bringing a larger number of Latino students to our campus to pursue their educational goals.”
Additionally, IU Northwest’s enrollment of American Indian students increased from 20 students last year to a record 28 this year. This increase accounted for a majority of the system-wide gains in American Indian enrollment this year, as the overall increase totaled 11 students, or 3.4 percent.
Of IU Northwest’s 4,794 total students, 2,700 are full time and 2,094 are part time. There are 4,168 undergraduates and 626 graduate students.
IU Northwest’s enrollment gains this fall were part of a record-setting enrollment year for the Indiana University system. Total enrollment at IU’s eight campuses increased by 2,605 students to a record 101,727 students. This marks the first time that the IU system has exceeded 100,000 enrollment. The previous record was 99,164 students, set in Fall 2003. Total credit hours taken system-wide also increased this year by more than 38,000, for a total of more than 1,183,000.
For more information on IU’s system-wide enrollment numbers, visit http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/8851.html.