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IU Kokomo welcomes largest, most diverse freshman class

September 7, 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. — The incoming freshman class at Indiana University Kokomo is the largest, most ethnically diverse, and academically talented in its 72-year history.

One week into the fall semester, 605 first-year students are enrolled, for a nearly 20 percent increase over fall 2016. About 94 percent are aged 19 or younger, up about 5 percent. In addition to the 605 first-time students, the campus also gained 275 transfer students, for a total new student count of 880, up 10.7 percent and a campus record.

The campus also set overall enrollment records, with a 2.3 percent increase in numbers of students, and a 3 percent increase in credit hours overall.

“Student success is at the core of our focus. These incoming freshmen know they will receive the support they need not only to complete their degrees, but to gain real-world experiences that will give them the leading edge upon graduation,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. “IU Kokomo’s dedicated faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their highest goals. Every student matters here.”

More than 60 percent of the freshman class come to IU Kokomo with SAT scores of 1000 or more, with an average increase of 21 points over the 2016 entering class. The number of enrolled students with an academic honors diploma increased 34 percent.

Minority students comprise 15.5 percent of the class, up from 14.8 percent previously. Hispanic/Latino students make up the largest minority group, at 5.6 percent, while African American students are 4 percent, and Asian Americans represent 1.2 percent.

It is also the campus’s most geographically diverse class, with more out-of-state and international students than ever before.

“The word is getting out, that great things are happening at IU Kokomo,” said Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management. “With innovations like our KEY program providing hands-on learning opportunities that set our students apart from their peers, and with the success stories of our graduates, there is a buzz being created. People are taking notice.”

 Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/07/2017