3,000+ new faces on campus this fall

August 27 2008

There are more new faces on the Indiana State University campus these days.

A total of 1,940 first-time freshmen are enrolled for fall 2008, up nearly 5 percent over last year and a more than 18 percent increase over the past three years, university officials announced Wednesday. The total number of all new students, including transfers, stands at 3,011.

In light of the recent steady increase in freshmen enrollment, overall campus housing is near capacity with 3,162 students living in university residence halls, an 11 percent increase over 2007.

"More young people and their families are recognizing the quality education and unique experiences Indiana State University offers. We are pleased that our expanded outreach efforts of recent years continue to result in increased enrollment by new students. This bodes well not only for ISU and the Wabash Valley, but the state of Indiana as our students go on to complete their college education and put their skills to work serving their communities," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

Indiana State students continue to be well-prepared academically, officials noted. The average high grade point average for incoming freshmen is 3.0 and the average SAT score is 937. In addition, 96 percent of new freshmen have completed a Core 40 high school curriculum.

"While it is good to report that the number of new freshmen has continued to increase, it is especially gratifying to be able to report that Indiana State continues to attract more higher-achieving students," said Richard Toomey, director of admissions.

Indiana State is also becoming an institution of choice for more students pursuing advanced degrees. Despite difficult economic times when graduate enrollments across the country typically fall, Indiana State's graduate school has seen continuous growth over the past eight years. Graduate school enrollment this fall stands at 2,071.

With larger entering classes for the past three years, countered by equally large graduating classes, ISU's overall enrollment has remained stable at 10,457.

"I am very pleased by the efforts of not only our recruiters, but by the engagement of faculty, staff and administrators from across campus whose efforts are helping us to grow enrollment," Beacon said. "I look forward to working with Provost Jack Maynard and the campus community to bring even more students to Indiana State University and see them persist on to graduation."

Continuing to build on recent successes, ISU President Dan Bradley has asked Maynard and Beacon to lead a campus-wide group of faculty and staff to explore additional ways to further increase enrollment and improve retention for fall 2009.

More students New Indiana State University students take part in the traditonal "March through the Arch" on Aug. 18, symbolically beginning their college careers at ISU. New freshman enrollment at ISU is up nearly 5 percent this fall and has shown a more than 18 percent increase since 2005.

Contact: John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications, Indiana State University, 812-237-3569 or jbeacon@indstate.edu  

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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There are more new faces on the ISU campus this fall. First-time freshman enrollment has risen nearly 5 percent over last year and more than 18 percent over the past three years. The total number of new freshmen and transfer students stands at 3,011.

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