Preliminary numbers indicate 575 new first year students, coming from 31 Indiana counties.
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said it is the largest baccalaureate-seeking first year class in campus history.
“Increasingly, north central Indiana students are viewing us as a destination of choice, for world class IU degrees,” he said. “Our new academic programs, renovated buildings, athletic programs, and a vibrant student life are all contributing to the buzz. We are thrilled to welcome this new class to IU Kokomo.”
Nearly 40 percent have academic honors diplomas. Approximately 178 are 21st Century Scholars, an Indiana program that provides financial support to students who qualify for admission to state universities. Most have recently graduated from local high schools.
The class includes students from four U.S. states, and several international students from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Korea, Nigeria, Italy, and other countries.
These students will be among the first to study in the newly modernized classrooms in the Main Building. The first phase of construction is complete, with the second underway, with anticipated completion in late 2015 or early 2016.
“We are very pleased that so many students and their families look to IU Kokomo to earn their college degree. It affirms that we are serving the region with the right academic programs and college experiences,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.