INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– As students head back to the the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, they will find it is a bit more crowded this fall than it was a year ago.
The incoming freshman class of more than 3,600 students is record-setting in size, a 14 percent increase from 2012.
Chris Foley, director of Undergraduate Admissions at IUPUI, said this year’s freshman class is also academically impressive with an average 3.4 GPA coming out of high school.
He said in the past few years other public institutions have seen an uptick in enrollment as well.
“After the economic crisis, after the rebound, students are counting their dollars more and trying not to come out with as much as they were before and we certainly try to help with that,” Foley explained.
Freshman at IUPUI take a financial literacy class to help them budget and plan for the future.
IUPUI is also celebrating the opening of the renovated old University Place Hotel into a new residence hall and dining hall called The Tower. More than 500 students moved in Saturday to call The Tower home.
“It should be interesting as the university sees how this year goes, with having the new dorm and a new student body,” said Ashely Wenzel, an incoming freshman who plans to study marketing.
Ball State University classes resume Monday, as do classes at Purdue. Incoming freshman will be welcomed onto campus for move-in day at IU Bloomington Wednesday. Classes there start Monday, August 26.