MUNCIE — Ball State University enrolled a record 22,541 students this fall, fueled mostly by continued growth in off-campus enrollment (primarily online), and helped by a large freshman class.

"This is an amazing report," Rick Hall, chairman of the university's board of trustees, said after Vice President Kay Bales presented the school's annual enrollment report to trustees at a meeting on Friday.

"Congratulations to you and your team," Hall said. "I think it's something the whole university should take pride in — larger enrollment with better students."

The new record, which eclipsed the former enrollment record of 22,513 set in 2017, includes Ball State's largest-ever, most academically qualified and most diverse freshman class, Bales reported.

Total enrollment includes on-campus and off-campus students; undergraduate and graduate students; online students and high-school students taking dual credit courses.

Meanwhile, a new analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education identified Ball State as the nation's 98th fastest-growing public doctoral school during the period of 2007-17 (out of more than 200 institutions).
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