Statement issued Wednesday:
FORT WAYNE, Ind.—IPFW enrollment reached all-time record levels this fall. The university enrolled 14,192 students, an increase of 3.8 percent from the 13,675 enrolled last fall. Full-time student enrollment also reached a record level of 9,007, a 5.5 percent increase from the 8,540 full-time students enrolled last year.
Total credit hours increased 4.8 percent to a record total of 150,235. Credit hour totals are a measure of university teaching and are also used in calculating the university’s state funding.
Minority student enrollments increased by even greater amounts, with overall minority student enrollment increasing by 12.5 percent to 1,929 students. African American student enrollment increased by 14 percent, to 1,045. The numbers of students in most other minority categories also increased by significant amounts, with Hispanic American students increasing to 536 students (+20.7 percent) and American Indian/Alaska Native students to 64 (+14.3 percent). Asian American student enrollment declined slightly to 284 (-4.7 percent).
Several departments and programs grew by 20 percent or more this fall, including Anthropology, English and Linguistics, Geosciences, History, Physics, and Women’s Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as Human Services in the College of Health and Human Services.
The enrollment growth was spread across all of the class standing categories at the undergraduate level. Graduate student enrollment decreased by 1.1 percent. Continuing growth in IPFW’s Collegiate Connection and dual credit programs for high school students led to an increase of 12.4 percent in the number of non-degree students at the undergraduate level.
Chancellor Wartell commented that “IPFW’s growing reputation for high-quality programs is obvious in northeast Indiana and has enjoyed increasing recognition across the country. This semester alone, the university has attracted more than 2,400 students from outside of northeast Indiana, many of whom will stay to help develop the regional economy.”