Fall 2009 enrollment on Indiana Wesleyan University’s Marion campus is up 1.4 percent from a year ago, following a trend that began more than 20 years ago. Enrollment in Marion has increased 22.3 percent over the last five years.
There are 3,245 students enrolled in classes this year in Marion, compared to 3,201 in 2008. The number of commuter students on the Marion campus is the largest ever, which generally indicates a higher number of local students.
IWU’s overall 2009 enrollment has decreased by 97 students – which is 0.6 percent. Total enrollment this year stands at 15,345, compared to 15,442 a year ago. Over the past five years, however, IWU’s overall enrollment has grown by 34.5 percent.
"Last year was an exceptional enrollment year for IWU," said President Henry Smith. "This year, despite a year of significant financial challenges for families, we have all but kept pace with that record year."
Despite various economic challenges, both locally and nationally, Smith said all areas of the University remain healthy and committed to growth.
The IWU business office has tracked many businesses, or other organizations, that either curtailed or discontinued tuition reimbursement programs for employees enrolled in adult education programs.
"Enrollment in traditional programs on the Marion campus is strong. Enrollment in Adult and Professional Studies program is healthier and appears headed for continued growth," Smith said.
"Although growth has paused in a couple of key graduate programs, the important infrastructure needs that we have dealt with will allow us to move forward with excellence," he said.