MUNCIE – Ball State University saw the number of students enrolled on campus fall this year, in part to declines in the number of freshmen and graduate students enrolling.
The university had about 400 fewer students this year than last, a 2 percent decline, after several years of growth.
Tom Taylor, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications, told the Star Press that larger classes that have passed through also have affected the current years totals.
Taylor said this years freshman class has 3,622 students enrolled, down from a large class of 3,877 last year.
He said Ball State would like to have more freshmen enrolled but that the lower number reflects competition for the best students.
Would we like the freshmen class to be a little bigger? Yes. But our strong emphasis on quality means being more selective. And more competitive students with stronger profiles have more choices, Taylor said.
Taylor said the number of students taking classes both on campus and online or at off-campus sites in Fishers and Indianapolis has quadrupled.
Indiana and Purdue also saw enrollment declines this year at their main campuses in Bloomington and West Lafayette.