Enrollment data confirms numerous academic firsts for incoming IUPUI freshman class
September 7, 2012
- Margie Smith-Simmons
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A new class of freshmen began the 2012-13 academic school year at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Aug. 20. Enrollment data confirms this class is the largest incoming full-time class; and has the highest average grade-point average, highest average SAT, highest percentage of Indiana students completing the state’s Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma, highest number of 21st Century Scholars and most diversity in the campus’s history.
Enrollment data is based on gender, ethnicity/race, full-time or part-time study, and state or country of origin, among other factors.
IUPUI’s incoming freshman class has 3,060 students, a 10.7 percent increase over the previous school year, with an average grade-point average of 3.32, up from 3.28 in 2011.
Additionally, the incoming freshman class attained an average SAT score of 1023, a 10-point jump from 2011, and 60 percent of students received Indiana’s Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma -- a rigorous advanced form of study -- upon high school graduation, a 7 percentage-point increase.
“IUPUI’s commitment to student success -- including themed learning communities, service learning and 21st-century degree programs -- is attracting talented students who will build Indiana’s future,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said. “We are proud to welcome them and are dedicated to continuing to make an impact every day.”
IUPUI continues to embrace diversity as essential for effective participation in a global community.
Twenty-seven percent of the incoming freshman class is ethnically diverse, with Hispanics and international students showing the most growth at 30 percent and 29 percent, respectively, compared to fall 2011.
“IUPUI is committed to creating a climate that is welcoming to all individuals regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or disability,” said Kenneth B. Durgans, assistant chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. “A diverse student body enriches the campus community and helps prepare our students for a multicultural world upon graduation.”
Additionally, 16.5 percent are identified as 21st Century Scholars. Established by the state of Indiana, 21st Century Scholars is an income-eligible program designed to provide four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in the state; students enroll in the program as seventh- or eighth-graders and must fulfill a pledge of good citizenship.
“As Indiana’s health and life science campus with 225 undergraduate and graduate majors, IUPUI is the right fit for an increasing number of students,” said Rebecca Porter, associate vice chancellor of student services and executive director of enrollment services. “Our location in Indianapolis provides students with the benefits of learning in the nation’s 12th largest city, while our commitment to serving students makes them feel like they are having a small-school experience.”
Total IUPUI enrollment for the 2012-13 academic school year is 30,451.