NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University Southeast reports an increase in transfer students and diversity in the fall 2019 census count.
IU Southeast welcomed 1,284 new students to campus this fall. Of those students, 317 were transfers from other universities – a 0.6 percent growth from 2018. This growth is due to a deliberate effort in creating transfer agreements like Crimson Advantage with Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville and continued efforts with Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.
Also among new students were increases in African American students (17.8 percent) and Asian students (19.1 percent). Overall, 21.7 percent of new undergraduates are from diverse backgrounds. According to data from Claritas 360, this mirrors the minority population in the Louisville metropolitan service area.
New undergraduates participating in the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship Program increased by 17.8 percent. This program is funded by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and offers income-eligible students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana higher education institution.
“Our student population is becoming increasingly reflective of our service area,” said Chancellor Ray Wallace. “It is wonderful to see these increases in diversity among our students, and I’m happy we are making strides for students from low-income backgrounds.”
IU Southeast’s total enrollment for the fall 2019 semester is 4,882 students taking 55,699 credit hours.
IU Southeast now offers several new online degree programs including four graduate certificates, three concentrations for the Bachelor of Science in informatics, bachelor’s degrees in business administration and history and master’s degrees in criminal justice and public safety and English.
A total of 90,754 IU students were enrolled on seven campuses as of the Sept. 2 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.
“At a time of heightened competition for the best students, Indiana University continues to be a highly sought college option, especially for Indiana residents,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “These figures are testament to our determined efforts to ensure that the quality education we offer is accessible and affordable for qualified students from all backgrounds. They also indicate the success of our work to make certain that our degree programs are relevant to the evolving needs of our students and our state’s employers.”