Ball State University and Indiana State University are reporting near-record total enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ball State welcomed its third-largest student-body in 20 years, while ISU says overall enrollment is at its second-highest in history.
Ball State’s overall enrollment is at nearly 22,000 students. The university also recorded its third-highest freshman class in history with nearly 4,000 incoming students.
"We continue to recruit great students and excellent faculty and staff members, and we are in a good place," said Interim President Terry King. "And as our alumni recently reminded us, we have done, and we’ll continue to do, the important work of providing students a great foundation upon which they can build a happy, successful life."
Meanwhile, Indiana state is reporting more than 13,500 total students, including a 17 percent increase in online students from the previous year. The university says its number of new freshmen, nearly 2,500, is "reflective of an increased competition for a flat number of high school graduates in the state."
"I know I say this every year: It’s such an exciting time to be at State," said President Dan Bradley. "Enrollment is strong and more so this year features a stability reflective of a diverse mix of students – those transferring in from other schools, taking classes online, seeking advanced degrees and visiting from other states and countries."