Indiana University has reported record high summer enrollment for its Bloomington campus, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ summer plans. All the classes are being taught online.

On the first day of summer 2020 classes, IU Bloomington’s enrollment of 12,604 was a 22% increase from summer 2019, according to a university news release. The IU University Institutional Research and Reporting website shows the next highest summer enrollment on the first day of classes for the Bloomington campus was 11,741 in 2013. The enrollment trends page of the website that is open to the public goes back to 2011.

Total first-day summer enrollment for all IU campuses combined was 33,201. That’s the highest since 2016 and about 6% more than last summer when 31,443 student enrolled in both remote learning and in-person classes. IU has suspended in-person classes through the summer to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

With some internship and summer study abroad programs canceled because of the pandemic, IU administrators have urged students to enroll in summer classes instead.

IU began summer courses online on May 12. Official IU census results for the summer session will be available at a later date and may vary from the first-day total.
© 2020 HeraldTimesOnline, Bloomington, IN