By Jon Blau
Indiana University’s Bloomington campus has set a spring semester enrollment record, but only by including high school students in Advance College Project courses.
Official census figures from IU have Bloomington’s campus population at 43,338 students, an increase of 9 percent from last year. Those totals, however, include about 3,100 high school students who don’t live on campus.
IU started including high school students in its Bloomington census data last fall – a counting practice that had already been in place at other IU campuses, according to IU spokesman Mark Land — which brought the student population to a record 46,817. Without high school students in the spring semester enrollment totals, the student population would have increased only 1 percent from last spring to spring 2014, but IU would have still topped 40,000 for the fourth time in the university’s history.
Across all seven of IU’s campuses statewide, not including Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a record 98,462 students are enrolled. Fort Wayne is administered by Purdue and has not released spring numbers, but its student population will push the entire IU system past 100,000 students for the fifth straight year.
Along with Bloomington, the Kokomo campus also set a spring semester record. It had the largest percentage growth from spring to spring of any IU campus, increasing 11.9 percent from 2013 to 3,648 students.
Three IU campuses were down in spring enrollment from last year, including IU Southeast (6,091 students, 1.2 percent drop), IU South Bend (7,226 students, 2.9 percent drop) and IU East (3,856 students, 0.4 percent drop).