Dave Bangert Lafayette Journal & Courier
Published 7:36 AM EDT Sep 11, 2019
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue President Mitch Daniels had been signaling for months that the fall 2019 semester would bring the largest number of students on the West Lafayette campus in the university’s history.
It was just a matter of just how much Purdue added to last year’s record.
On Monday, Daniels produced the number: 44,551
After the two largest freshman classes in school history – fall 2019’s 8,056 was the second largest, trailing the 8,357 freshmen in fall 2018 – enrollment was up 2.6 percent on the West Lafayette campus. The fall 2018 enrollment was 43,411, which in turn was up 4.4 percent over enrollment in fall 2017 – which also had been a record.
Since 2014, a year when enrollment was at its smallest in the past decade, Purdue’s student population increased by 14.9 percent.
“Any way you cut it, this is a good affirmation of the quality of our faculty and the overall experience that our students have,” Daniels told faculty members of the University Senate on Monday.
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Here are a few by-the-numbers takeaways from the enrollment numbers, as reported by Purdue.
► Undergrads vs. grad students: Each portion of Purdue enrollment – the 33,646 undergraduates and 10,905 graduate/professional students – were campus records.
► Freshman breakdown: Of the 8,056 freshmen, 4,057 – or 50.3 percent – are Indiana residents. There are 2,942 out-of-state students and 1,057 international students.
► Overall breakdown: 50.6 percent of all undergraduates at Indiana residents, 34.5 percent are out-of-state students, with the rest international students.
► Applications: A record 54,911 undergraduates applied to enroll at Purdue. That included record applications for undergraduate enrollment from Indiana residents (11,717) and out-of-state students (31,988). Applications from international undergrads were down from 12,722 to 11,206.
► Minority enrollment: Purdue recorded a record number of underrepresented minority students for fall 2019, with 3,461. (Underrepresented minorities include American Indian or Alaska native, black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, according to Purdue.) That continued a trend of annual increases since 2012, when underrepresented minority enrollment was 2,483. Underrepresented minority students make up 11.9 percent of the undergraduate fall 2019 enrollment, which also is a record. (In 2012, 2,483 students equaled 9.8 percent.) The overall percentage of U.S. students consider minorities is 25 percent in fall 2019, also a record.
► Enrollment by gender: Women, 19,381, or 43.5 percent. Men, 25,169, or 56.5 percent. (Purdue stats say one student’s gender was not reported.)
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