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Ivy Tech May Break Enrollment Record, Again

Classes start Aug. 25, with fall enrollment numbers growing daily

By Nicole Brooks

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August 18, 2008

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington administrators are gearing up for another record-breaking semester, with a possible 5,400 students expected to attend the first day of classes Aug. 25.

The school has had double-digit enrollment growth every semester since 2004, said vice chancellor for student affairs Bryan Newton.

Enrollment projections released six years ago when the current Ivy Tech campus was built estimated the school would not have 5,000 students until the year 2011, said chancellor John Whikehart.

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Craig Solinski, of Bloomington, center, takes notes during a first-year nursing lab at Ivy Tech Community College in August 2007. Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has experienced double-digit enrollment increases every semester from fall 2004 to the present. To keep pace, the school has been forced to keep adding classroom space away from its campus on Whitehall Pike on the city’s far west side. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

The school is bursting out of its 140,000-square-foot building at 200 Daniels Way, and additional leased space on Liberty Drive is providing much-need classrooms.

That location has become a de facto second campus, and traditional Ivy Tech welcome week activities for students have adapted to include the additional site.

Students arriving at the main campus the morning of Aug. 25 will again be welcomed back to school by the sound of bagpipes. Inflatable games, cook-outs, club and organization fairs and many more activities will be offered at both sites.

Students can check out the full schedule of welcome week events under the “Student Life” tab at www.bloomington.

The student body has continued to balloon for a number of reasons, but foremost because of the school’s current relationship with Indiana University-Bloomington.

The number of course credits that will transfer from Ivy Tech to IU has increased from 39 in 2003 to 425 at the end of 2007. The average age of an Ivy Tech student has dropped from the high 20s, low 30s to about 23, Newton said.

“We know that they’re coming here because they want to be in Bloomington,” and many want to go to IU, he said.

A nonscientific student survey recently conducted by Ivy Tech found that 40 percent of their student body had plans to transfer to IU, Newton said. He did not have available the percentage of Ivy Tech students who actually do transfer to IU.

“The affordability issue is key,” he said. One credit hour at Ivy Tech costs $95 for in-state students and $193.30 for out-of-state.

In-state, undergraduate IU students pay $190.25 per credit hour and nonresident students, $702.65 per credit hour.

Whikehart said Ivy Tech has become a magnet for students statewide, as the school claims students from more than 80 Indiana counties.

So far, campus parking problems have been minimal, Newton said. City buses do not serve the campus, as it lies outside Bloomington’s limits, he said, but city transit does act as a transfer to Rural Transit, which does go through the campus.