Enrollment growth of Big Ten institutions from fall 2007 to fall 2017. Compiled by Herald-Times reporter Michael Reschke.Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2019, IU University Institutional Research and Reporting.
Enrollment growth of Big Ten institutions from fall 2007 to fall 2017. Compiled by Herald-Times reporter Michael Reschke.Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2019, IU University Institutional Research and Reporting.
Indiana University’s Bloomington campus keeps breaking its own record for the largest class of beginning students. But in comparison with other Big Ten universities, it’s not growing that fast.

Enrollment on IU’s Bloomington campus increased 12.1% from the fall of 2007 to the fall of 2017, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2019. That put IU Bloomington in a tie with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for the seventh-fastest growing campus among the Big Ten’s 14 schools.

IU Bloomington’s growth rate was slightly below the Big Ten average of about 12.5%, but that statistic is skewed because of Rutgers University. A merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey resulted in a 42.4% increase for Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus. Growth rates for all other Big Ten institutions were less than 16%. The median growth rate for the conference was 12.1%.

“We feel that we are where we need to be in terms of our peer institutions,” said David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management at IU Bloomington.

Seeing where IU’s flagship campus ranks among other Big Ten universities may come as a shock to some Bloomington residents. IU has yet to complete its official census for the fall 2019 semester, but preliminary estimates show a beginner class of more than 8,200. The term “beginner” refers to all undergraduate students who are new to campus and seeking a degree.
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