Purdue enrollment and retention up

The newest class of Boilermakers — 6,812 new freshmen — is the largest first-year class since 2008, and includes 3,518 in-state students, the highest number of Hoosier freshmen since 2010. Why? Recognizing the value of a Purdue education, students turned in a record number of applications this year — 45,023, a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

"Our overarching goal is to provide higher education at the highest proven value, and this is key to Purdue's enrollment increase," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Still, bringing in new students is only part of the equation — keeping them in school and helping them graduate with strong credentials is equally important. Purdue is succeeding there, too. The four-year and six-year graduation rates increased to 51.5 percent and 75.4 percent from 49.2 percent and 73.8 percent, respectively. The first-year retention rate is at 92.8 percent compared with 92.6 percent last year, and the second-year retention rate is 87.7 percent, up from last year’s 86.1 percent.

Many areas across campus work together to increase student retention, providing student support throughout the entire college experience. Programs include learning communities, diversity-focused initiatives, student organizations, mentoring and other opportunities.

“The graduation rate continues to increase because students are well-prepared when they arrive at Purdue, and they are increasingly supported with student programming and opportunities to help them succeed,” said Pamela T. Horne, vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions. “Purdue offers opportunities through engaging coursework, study abroad and leadership development, which are proven to pay off after graduation, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index.”

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