By Libby Roerig, Indiana State University
Indiana State University is once again welcoming to campus a near-record number of Sycamores.
The official fifth-day count for the 2016-17 overall enrollment is 13,565, which is the second-largest in the university’s history.
“I know I say this every year: It’s such an exciting time to be at State,” said President Dan Bradley. “Enrollment is strong and more so this year features a stability reflective of a diverse mix of students — those transferring in from other schools, taking classes online, seeking advanced degrees and visiting from other states and countries.”
Indiana State saw an increase in graduate, transfer and online students. New freshmen numbers — 2,448 — are reflective of an increased competition for a flat number of high school graduates in the state.
“Since 2010, we have attracted historically large classes that have helped to grow our visibility and build our reputation as a leading public university in Indiana,” said John Beacon, senior vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. “We expect to continue to grow our enrollments in the years ahead, because of who we are, because our costs are competitive and because we are committed to the success of each and every student who enrolls at State.”
Highlights of the 2016-17 fall student body include the following:
• 2,311 online students, an increase of 17 percent from 2015.
• 914 transfer students, an increase of 16 percent over the previous year.
• New graduate student enrollment is 659, an increase of 6 percent.
• 242 new freshmen from Illinois, an increase of 25 percent.
As Indiana State’s enrollment has increased over the past nine years, so has the quality of students. For instance, this year, 1,419 Laptop Scholarships were awarded to students with a 3.0 high school GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. In 2006, the university awarded just 677 laptops.
Indiana State’s growth since 2009 is largely the result of the implementation of the university’s strategic plan, “The Pathway to Success.” Bradley will unveil the university’s new strategic plan at his fall address in September.
“We have been hard at work this summer on developing new marketing materials and strategies to share State’s story with prospective students for next fall,” Beacon said.
Indiana State is working to further help unlock accessibility to higher education by offering high school students micro-scholarships that reward taking small steps to college readiness through Raise Me, a social enterprise launched with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook.
Any U.S. high school student with an unweighted 3.00 GPA is eligible to create a profile at www.raise.me. The maximum award a student can accumulate over four years of high school is $11,200, which is disbursed over four years of college. To keep scholarships once enrolled, students must maintain good academic standing while completing 30 credit hours each academic year.
Indiana State is also waiving the fee to apply to the university until Oct. 1. Go to indstate.edu/apply for more information.