Indiana State University leaders have announced their intention to increase enrollment to 14,000 students by 2017–more students than the university has ever enrolled in one year.
Vice President of Enrollment Management John Beacon says that would also be 1,800 more students than are enrolled this fall.
“The total enrollment of the university is 12,114,” he says. “That’s the largest class in 19 years. 10,076 of those students are undergraduates.”
The university has the largest freshman class in the university’s history with 2,268 students, and freshman could be the key to ISU’s enrollment goals.
ISU Provost Jack Maynard says the university has done a good job enrolling new students, but it needs to do a better job retaining them.
“Some of our frustrations would be our lack of progress in the retention area,” he says. “We have invested a lot of energy and resources and initiated a number of activities, but we haven’t had the kind of growth and success that we wanted. That continues to be an area that we focus a lot of attention on right now.”
Maynard says increasing the use of technology and processing financial aid applications more quickly could also help attract new students.