Purdue University has released its fall enrollment numbers, which have reached a new high. The university says a record 50,884 students are enrolled for classes, topping last year’s 49,639 students on the West Lafayette campus.
Purdue says it received 68,309 applications for the fall of 2022.
The incoming freshman class is 9,354, which is smaller than last year’s record of 10,191.
“With more than 100,000 students overall across the Purdue system and including Purdue Global, the demand is still strong for a Purdue education,” said Kristina Wong Davis, vice provost for enrollment management. “The number of applicants for our programs continue to rise year-on-year. Also, some of our other efforts through early outreach coordinators are ensuring that Purdue’s profile remains top of mind for talented young students.”
To keep pace with the enrollment growth, Purdue has added more student housing and expanded the faculty each year, with 213 faculty hired this fall, the largest group of hires in university history. The university says it marks the largest single-year increase in the school’s history. The university said record enrollment and increased investment as reasons for the jump.
“Our commitments to outstanding teaching and experiential education and the resulting nationally ranked programs, combined with our commitment to an affordable and accessible education, are bringing record numbers to West Lafayette,” said Jay Akridge, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “Our Fall 2022 enrollment is a clear demonstration that students and their families see Purdue as an exceptional educational value.”