Statement issued Thursday:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) enrollment reached all-time record levels this fall. The university enrolled 14,326 students, an increase of 0.9 percent from the 14,192 enrolled last fall. Total minority student enrollment also set a new record at 2,273, an increase of 6.3 percent from the 2,138 minority students enrolled last year.
Total credit hours decreased by 1.0 percent to 148,737. The decline reflects a slight reduction in the average number of classes taken by students.
Hispanic student enrollment increased to 624, a 16 percent increase. Asian American student enrollment increased by 6 percent, while African American student enrollment decreased by 2 percent from last year’s record level and American Indian/Alaskan Native student enrollment decreased by two students. The university also saw an increase of 29 percent in the number of students reporting that they are descended from two or more races.
Several departments and programs grew by 10 percent or more this fall, including Accounting/Finance, Chemistry, Economics, Management/Marketing, Philosophy, and Physics, as well as Human Services
in the College of Health and Human Services.
A decline in the number of freshmen of 9 percent was partially offset by growth at the sophomore, junior and senior levels. Graduate student enrollment decreased by 9 percent. Continuing growth in IPFW’s Collegiate Connection and dual credit programs for high school students led to an increase of 25 percent in the number of non-degree students at the undergraduate level.
IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell commented that “IPFW’s increase in enrollment this year is a reflection of our high-quality programs and efforts to meet the higher educational needs of northeast Indiana. Our mix of course offerings on campus, online, and at area sites is continuing to grow, and we are continuing to look for opportunities to prepare graduates for professional careers and further study at the graduate level.”