Officials from Indiana State University and Taylor University are reporting their largest freshman classes on record. ISU is also touting an all-time high total enrollment of nearly 15,600 students.
The Terre Haute school’s growth has been drastic in recent years, with six consecutive years of record-breaking freshman classes. Current enrollment is around 30 percent higher than 2008. Its previous record student population was set in 1970. School officials say ISU is on pace to hit a goal of 14,000 students by fall 2017. Board of Trustees Chair David Campbell says, "growing enrollment is part of our strategic plan and we are very pleased with these results." ISU is marking the 150th anniversary of its founding this year.
The 525-member Taylor freshman class can move in Friday morning. More than three dozen students are also transferring to the Upland school. The previous record class of first-year students was 504 in 2012.