By Mike Leonard
Enrollment for Indiana University‘s Bloomington campus is slightly down from the fall — which is no surprise given that spring enrollment typically is smaller than fall.
For the 2012-13 academic year, both fall and spring enrollment figures were slightly down from the 2011-12 academic year — which also was not a cause for concern given national trends that show decreases at most institutions, following record enrollment and credit hour figures in recent years.
The final enrollment figure for the Bloomington campus this semester is 39,767, which includes 30,677 undergraduate students and 9,269 graduate and professional school students. It represents a 1.8 percent decrease from the second semester for 2011-12, which came in at 40,479 students or 31,117 undergraduates and 9,664 graduates.
First semester numbers this year were 42,133 total students, a decrease of 1.4 percent from the fall of 2011 when a total of 42,731 students were enrolled.
“The smaller spring 2013 numbers naturally reflect the smaller fall 2012 numbers of students enrolled,” Vice Provost for Enrollment Management David Johnson said in an email exchange. “Even with the record size fall 2012 beginner class at IUB, we had a smaller overall undergraduate population in fall 2012 than in fall 2011 because we graduated a large senior class in May 2012.”
Johnson said the enrollment decline also reflects fewer non-degree students and slightly fewer graduate students this academic year.
“Having said all this, we are still at near record enrollment and is an indication of the attractiveness of IU to those seeking higher education,” he wrote.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has touted IU’s enrollment increases in recent years as a part of the remedy to addressing the Indiana Higher Education Commission’s goal to increase the percentage of Hoosiers with at least some higher education experience.
“We are educating more Hoosiers than ever before,” McRobbie said in his State of the University address last October. “Since 2006, we have added 12,000 more students at Indiana University. In effect, this is tantamount to adding a campus the size of Indiana State University — with reduced state funding, with no additional classroom buildings being constructed, and with reduced staff numbers.”