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Enrollment Increases; New and Graduate Students at All-Time High

Enrollment at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is at 14,310 students for Fall 2008, which includes two all-time highs: freshman and other new-student enrollment of 3,204 and graduate enrollment of 2,382.

Enrollment in 2007 totaled 14,018, which included 2,673 freshmen and new students and 2,294 graduate students.

“We have worked diligently to secure our enrollment goal of 14,250 students for this academic year,” said IUP President Tony Atwater. “This was very much a team effort throughout the university, and I am particularly pleased with our continued increase in graduate student enrollment and new and first-year students.”

Currently, IUP’s out-of-state enrollment is at 6.9 percent of its overall student population.

In August 2007, the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors approved, at IUP’s request, a tuition differential for academically strong students outside of Pennsylvania. This new policy allows IUP to admit out-of-state students with a 3.0 grade-point average at 150 percent of in-state tuition.

IUP has also seen an overall increase in the number of freshman minority students; 17.9 percent of IUP freshmen are minorities.

“This increase reflects the university’s continued commitment to diversity,” Atwater said.

Overall, 15.6 percent of IUP students (a total of 2,233) are minority and 4.7 percent (668 total) are international. Both these numbers are up for the second year in a row. IUP had minority enrollment of 1,574 in 2006 and 1,811 in 2007. International student enrollment was 551 in 2006 and 626 in 2007.

More than sixty-five countries are represented within IUP’s international student population.

Enrollment continues to be strong at both IUP’s Punxsutawney and Northpointe campuses, with 294 students at Punxsutawney and 159 undergraduate and graduate students at Northpointe.

“IUP has an outstanding academic product at a highly competitive price,” Atwater said. “Our ongoing recruitment efforts are significantly enhanced by our unique academic strengths.”

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