Summer enrollment at Indiana University continues to decline.

It’s a trend that has persisted for the greater part of a decade, but an IU enrollment official said he isn’t worried. There is evidence that suggests there just aren’t as many students who need to take summer classes.

Across all IU campuses, summer enrollment has decreased every year since 2012. On the flagship Bloomington campus, there were 1,145 fewer students taking at least one summer session course in 2018 than there were in 2011.

David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management at IU Bloomington, said graduation rates help explain the decline. Across all IU campuses, the four-year graduation rate was 44.9 percent in 2012. By 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, it was 49.2 percent. The Bloomington campus increased from 64 percent to 68.7 percent over the same period.

“It’s a great testament to students coming into IU, getting in and getting through,” Johnson said. “More students are graduating in that four-year window.”

Frugality is one reason why a greater percentage of students are finishing faster. IU offers something called “banded tuition” during fall and spring semesters to encourage students to finish on time. Banded tuition allows students to pay the same rate, whether they take as few as 12 credit hours or as many as 18 in one semester during the traditional academic year. Banded tuition is not offered during the summer.
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