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August 28, 2013

IUK breaks fall enrollment record again

Chancellor attributes growth to more degree programs and a more collegiate atmosphere

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The university also has become a more comprehensive campus that offers a wider array of degree options, the interim chancellor said. It has added programs like a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism and a master’s degree in nursing, which Sciame-Giesecke said remains popular.

“These new programs bring you new students,” she said.

The campus set another record this year. Seventy-four percent of undergraduates are enrolled full time. According to enrollment records, that statistic was stuck at 70 percent for the past three years.

Sciame-Giesecke said that makes sense with the demographic the campus is attracting.

“It compliments that younger age,” she said.

IU Kokomo’s minority population is up nearly 30 percent this year, too. There are 20 percent more African Americans and 30 percent more Hispanic students, Sciame-Giesecke said.

Minority students make up 11.5 percent of the total student population, a 1 percentage point increase over the last three years, records indicate.

Sciame-Giesecke said she expects all of these numbers to just keep going up.

“We keep adding and adding and growing,” she said. “We now have arrived as a campus of choice.”

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com

Enrollment by the numbers: 4,178 students enrolled for fall 2013 -- up 12.3 percent over last year 82 percent of freshmen are 18 years old Minority population up 30 percent Minority students make up 11.5 percent of total student population Students are taking 38,600 credit hours -- up 10 percent over last year

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