updated: 8/16/2012 12:33:40 PM
The University of Indianapolis is anticipating record enrollment for the upcoming school year. The school is opening a new residence hall and is expecting more students living on campus than ever before.
Aug. 15, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Indianapolis expects record total enrollment this fall and, with the opening of its seventh residence hall, a record number of students living on campus.
The new Roberts Hall, with 170 beds, has eased waiting lists and brought UIndy's residential capacity to 1,560, a 50 percent increase from just 10 years earlier. Expanded residential options have been part of a university strategy to encourage upperclassmen to continue living on campus.
As in previous years, freshman enrollment was cut off around the 800 mark – 830 this fall – as the university works to control growth and maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio. Nonetheless, strong returning numbers and an increase in transfer students from other institutions are driving projected enrollment to an all-time high of more than 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
"We're trying to be intentional about our overall size and not pursue growth for growth's sake, because we want to preserve the unique experience that we provide for our students and faculty," said Mark Weigand, UIndy's vice president for enrollment management. "However, we have taken a number of deliberate steps to keep upperclassmen engaged in academics and campus life, because their presence helps to maintain a vibrant culture for the entire university community."
UIndy this fall expects approximately 1,100 new students, freshman and transfer. They represent 23 states and 22 nations, with international students accounting for 9.6 percent of the total. The most popular majors among the newcomers are in health-related fields: nursing, exercise science, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, athletic training, pre-occupational therapy and psychology.
The official Move-In Day for new students is Wednesday, Aug. 22. Classes begin Aug. 27.
Also new this year at UIndy:
Welcome, President Robert Manuel
UIndy’s ninth president comes from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he served as associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies. Manuel and his wife and three daughters have been getting acquainted with campus and Indianapolis life. More information is available at www.uindy.edu/president.
Crowe Hall honors distinguished alumni
The dormitory dubbed New Hall when it opened in 1988 is being renamed Ray and George Crowe Hall to posthumously honor two outstanding alumni: Ray, the legendary Crispus Attucks High School basketball coach, civic leader and longtime UIndy trustee; and his brother George, a pioneering Major League Baseball player. A rededication ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 6, during Homecoming weekend.
Radio station marks 50 years
UIndy public radio station WICR-88.7 FM/HD debuted in the fall of 1962. In 2004 it became the first public station in Indiana to broadcast in digital HD, now with three channels, and it provides the only regular jazz and classical music programming in the Indianapolis market.
New graduate degrees debut
New degree programs at UIndy this year include the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and Design, the Master of Science in Sport Management and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Roberts Hall opens for residents
The new residence hall at the south end of campus offers features attractive to upperclassmen, including semi-private baths and a fitness center. A cutting-edge solar water heating system is expected to produce substantial energy and cost savings. A dedication ceremony is planned for Sept. 27.
Source: University of Indianapolis