IU Southeast celebrates growth in adult student, graduate student enrollment

11th September 2017

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University Southeast reports an increase in adult students, graduate students and students from Kentucky in the fall 2017 census count.

As part of IU Southeast’s initiative to develop flexible evening and online programs for adult and working students, the number of non-traditional students (age 25 or older) enrolled has grown 11 percent from 2016 among new admits, while the number of enrolled graduate students has increased 7 percent.

Undergraduates taking 15 or more credit hours a semester has increased by 5.6 percent, reflecting the university’s efforts to encourage students to graduate on time.

“IU Southeast’s endeavors towards attracting a greater number of working adults and graduate students are coming to fruition,” Chancellor Ray Wallace said. “Additionally, I am encouraged by the ever-growing segment of our student body who have committed themselves to graduating in four years, thus minimizing the amount of debt incurred and readying them for the professional workforce earlier.”

In total, IU Southeast welcomed 1,354 new undergraduate students to campus this fall. Of those students, 408 were transfers from other universities.

IU Southeast also saw a 6 percent increase in enrollment of new undergraduate Kentucky residents taking advantage of the in-state tuition reciprocity program.

IU Southeast’s total enrollment for the fall 2017 semester is 5,238 students (down 4 percent from 2016) taking 59,343 credit hours (down 2.6 percent). Effective with the fall 2017 census enrollment counts, Indiana University is no longer including high school students taking dual-credit courses in the count. In the fall 2016 census, high school students represented about 7 percent of IU Southeast’s total enrollment.

A total of 94,698 IU students were enrolled on eight campuses as of the Aug. 28 official census deadline for recording university enrollment. The figure includes enrollment at the IU-administered campuses: IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast as well as IU students attending Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“Indiana University continues to be an outstanding, highly sought college option, especially for residents of Indiana,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Our enrollment remains strong and at record levels in many areas, and reflects the demand for an IU education that is affordable, relevant and of great distinction.”

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