Enrollment up at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne begins the 2018-19 academic year with a major increase in enrollment.

A total of 2,314 new students have been admitted at the undergraduate level for fall 2018, compared to 1,963 last year, an increase of 17.88 percent. The increase comes despite the transfer of health sciences programs to Indiana University, and the gains reported do not include those students. At the graduate level, there have been 151 new admissions this fall compared to 126 in fall 2017, an increase of 19.84 percent.

“We set some very high enrollment goals going into our inaugural academic year as Purdue University Fort Wayne,” Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that we not only met those goals, but exceeded them.”

Enrollment for the Richard T. Doermer School of Business increased by 7.5 percent, while the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science saw an increase of 6 percent. Enrollment also increased in the university’s three new schools. The School of Polytechnic experienced an enrollment increase of 7.4 percent. The biggest increases come from the School of Education with 11.4 percent and the School of Music, which saw a jump of 16.3 percent. Each of these schools were formed from former academic departments at the university.

School officials attributed the increase to several factors, including a new financial aid strategy that broadened the distribution of aid to beginner and transfer students who qualify, an aggressive recruitment strategy that included more personal calls and getting admissions professionals into more schools, a streamlined graduate admissions process that reduced the time it takes to apply, a banded tuition model to support full-time undergraduate students, and a new branding and marketing strategy that significantly increased Purdue Fort Wayne’s visibility and online presence.

Students enrolled for fall 2018 represent 32 states and Puerto Rico. International students represent 49 countries and also show a huge increase in enrollment, with undergraduate enrollment up 11.9 percent and graduate enrollment up 27.5 percent. This represents an overall increase of 15.4 percent from fall 2017.