The incoming class at Indiana University South Bend has brought energy and excitement to campus with the start of classes last week. The beginning class of more than 900 includes more students with a high school academic honors diploma, more students enrolled in the Honors Program, more 21st Century Scholars, more scholar-athletes, and has filled the River Crossing student housing complex for the first time since on-campus housing was offered at IU South Bend eight years ago.
Welcome Week as classes begin at IU South Bend.
Student moves into River Crossing student housing.
Driven by an influx of students 18 years of age and younger, the campus has been alive with activity since classes began on August 24. The number of students aged 18 and under rose 4 percent over last year and is up 9 percent from two years ago. The number of incoming students with a high school academic honors diploma is up 9 percent over last year, 21st Century Scholars are up 17 percent, and the campus Honors Program has more than doubled. The addition of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s baseball brought nearly 80 new scholar-athletes to campus this year. Credit hours for students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree are down 1.5%. Overall, 7,574 students are enrolled, a drop of 3.6 percent from last year, and students are taking 73,736 credit hours which is down 2.2 percent from last year.
“The strong incoming class demonstrates the appeal of IU South Bend to students coming out of high school and starting college for the first time,” said Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “Throughout Indiana, working adult students are finding jobs and often working so many hours that it is difficult for them to begin college. This is why we are working with local employers to find ways to help their employees earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.”
IU South Bend has seen great interest this semester in its reconfigured MBA program which improved time to degree and made an already budget-friendly program even more affordable. This fall, the university launched new bachelor’s degrees in Sustainability Studies and Health Sciences and a master’s in Educational Leadership. The Indiana University Board of Trustees recently approved a new MA in Communication Studies that will soon be reviewed by the Indiana Commission of Higher Education. Other new degree programs tailored to regional needs are in development.
The campus is celebrating a milestone this fall with full occupancy of River Crossing student housing. Nearly 400 students are living on campus and others are on a waitlist. More students returned for a second year in housing and more student-athletes are living on campus because of the additional sports teams playing this year.
More than 120 student-athletes are now enrolled at IU South Bend, participating in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s golf. “The response to our new sports has been tremendous,” said Director of Athletics and Activities Steve Bruce. “Nearly 50 student-athletes signed up to play baseball and almost 30 more are running cross country and playing golf.”