KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo continues its growth, marking a record enrollment for the fifth year in a row.
Classes began August 26 with 3,164 students on campus, an increase of 1.3 percent from fall 2018. Those students account for 38,633 credit hours, up from 2018.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke was pleased to begin IU Kokomo’s 75th anniversary year with this increase in the student body.
We welcome our new and returning students to campus in a very exciting time in our history,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “As we celebrate our past during this milestone year, we also look forward to the future accomplishments of these students, and commit ourselves to their success here.”
Students returned to a growing campus, with the new Student Events and Activities Center under construction on the east side. The Ground Up Café coffee shop, an amenity long requested by students, opened on the first day of classes, as did the School of Nursing’s foundations simulation lab. Cougar sports fans have another team to cheer on, with women’s soccer joining the other 11 varsity sports.
Just across LaFountain Street, University Park Apartments opened in early August, offering a second privately-owned student housing option adjacent to campus. The city of Kokomo constructed sidewalks from the complex, providing safer walking access.
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student success and enrollment management, commended the incoming freshman class, 637 students strong, on their diligent preparation for college success, noting that their SAT scores were nine points higher than the previous class.
He is pleased students and their families see the value of earning an IU degree in Kokomo.
This is a dynamic place, where students have life-changing experiences on a daily basis,” he said. “We are thrilled that we are no longer the best-kept secret in Indiana. Our enrollment success is due to the excitement that our faculty, staff, and students are generating.”
Indiana University Kokomo celebrates 75 years as north central Indiana’s choice for higher education.