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In Fall 2009, IUP experienced its all-time greatest enrollment.

For many of its 135 years, the institution has had remarkably stable numbers, for the most part growing steadily. Blips and burps occasionally occurred, reflecting events on a wider stage, such as influenza epidemics and world wars. Enrollments in selected years are reflected below.

Academic Year Total
1875–76 225
Doors open on May 17, 1875, at Indiana State Normal School
1881–82
392
1911–12
1,202
1915–16
1,318
1917–18 1,050
1918–19 893
Spanish Flu epidemic
1919–20 1,016
1920–21 812
Normal School comes under commonwealth ownership
1925–26 1,126
1926–27 1,237
Indiana State Teachers College confers first collegiate degree—on a transfer student from Chatham College
1929–30 1,558
1930–31 1,538
1931–32 1,565
1932–33 1,489
1933–34 1,330
1934–35 1,361
1935–36 1,458
1936–37 1,477
1937–38 1,293
1938–39 1,611
1939–40 1,554
1940–41 1,587
1941–42 1,399
1942–43 1,253
1943–44 890
1944–45 1,037
Five males are in 1945 graduating class
1945–46 1,084
1946–47 1,422
1947–48 1,590
1948–49 1,606
1949–50
1,724
1950–51 1,699
1951–52 1,822
1952–53 1,688
1953–54 1,661
1954–55 1,790
1955–56 2,081
1956–57 2,361
1957–58 2,613
1958–59 2,982
ISTC becomes Indiana State College
1959–60
3,317
Academic Year Total
1960–61 3,665
1961–62 4,106
1962–63 4,671
Punxsutawney Campus opens
1963–64 5,224
Armstrong Campus opens
1964–65 5,706
1965–66 6,334
On December 18, 1965, Indiana State Teachers College becomes Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1966–67 7,295
1967–68 8,411
1968–69 9,104
1969–70 10,242
1970–71 10,347
1971–72 10,532
1972–73 10,788
1973–74 10,859
1974–75 11,006
1975–76 11,119
1976–77 11,420
1977–78 11,727
1978–79 12,019
1979–80
12,145
1980–81 12,278
1981–82 12,399
1982–83 12,503
Act 188 establishes Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
1983–84 12,526
1984–85 12,806
1985–86 12,938
1986–87 13,248
1987–88 13,404
1988–89 13,650
1989–90
13,861
1990–91 14,398
1991–92 14,620
1992–93 14,357
1993–94 14,062
1994–95 13,814
1995–96 13,879
1996–97 13,680
1997–98 13,736
1998–99 13,790
1999–2000
13,442
2000–01 13,410
2001–02 13,457
2002–03 13,671
2003–04 13,868
2004–05 13,998
2005–06 14,081
2006–07 14,248
2007–08 14,018
2008–09 14,310
2009–10 14,638
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