Purdue: Several factors led to increased enrollment at Fort Wayne campus

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Purdue University Fort Wayne saw a nearly 18 percent increase in enrollment at the undergraduate level for fall 2018 compared to a year ago and an increase of nearly 20 percent at the graduate level. 

The university released enrollment figures Thursday which show 2,314 new students were admitted at the undergraduate level for fall 2018, compared to 1,963 in fall 2017, an increase of 17.88 percent.

Undergraduate enrollment went up 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 were 151 new enrollees for fall 2018, following 126 in fall 2017, an increase of 19.84 percent.

Purdue attributes the increases to several factors.

A new financial aid strategy was instituted that broadened the distribution of aid to beginner and transfer students who qualify and an aggressive recruitment strategy was adopted that included more personal calls and getting admissions professionals into more schools.  Other factors included 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.

“The university continues to expand as we add programs relevant to businesses and industry in the region,” says Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management. “That expansion, our increased marketing efforts, and having the very recognizable name Purdue Fort Wayne are just a few of the things that make us an easy choice for potential students seeking a first-rate university experience.”

Students enrolled for fall 2018 represent 32 states and the territory of 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.

Fall 2018 marks the inaugural semester for Purdue University Fort Wayne which was formerly IPFW.  

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