This fall, for the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Indiana welcomed a record number of graduate students to the University. Overall graduate enrollment stands at 1,449—an 11% increase over the previous year and following on the heels of a 22.5% increase the prior year. USI currently offers 13 master’s programs and two doctoral programs.
“We continue to develop academic programs that are relevant and remain responsive to not only our local and regional communities, but our international audiences as well,” said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, president. “I’m excited by the possibilities that the success of our graduate programs offer. As we look to the future, we will continue to evaluate how we can best serve this growing and important segment of our campus community.”
The growth in graduate enrollment spans many of USI’s graduate programs, including a variety of concentration areas in the accelerated MBA program, accelerated 4+1 degrees in select areas, as well as full-time programs offered through all four of USI’s colleges.
“We continue to build on the successes we have seen across our graduate offerings,” said Dr. Mayola Rowser, director of Graduate Studies. “We are excited about new offerings like our recently launched Doctor of Education (EdD) as well as new formats for delivery that make our programs accessible to everyone, including busy working adults.”
USI also welcomes another strong freshmen class. As part of the 1,656 first-time-in-college students at USI this fall, the freshman class boasts an increased high school GPA of 3.39 on a 4.0 scale. “As we continue to focus on providing a quality education and adhering to a standard of excellence, we’ve seen a direct correlation in the caliber of students we are attracting to this University,” said Rochon.
Total USI enrollment remains steady for the 2018 fall semester at 11,021 which includes students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs and 2,059 students enrolled in USI’s College Achievement Program (CAP) classes in 29 high schools across Indiana. CAP has a long tradition of successfully enabling many students to graduate college in four years or less. Transfer enrollment was up this year at 519 students, a 4% increase over last year.
Students at USI represent 90 Indiana counties, 40 states and 70 countries. Out of state enrollment, including international students, makes up 18.5% of the student population, and minority and international students comprise more than 14%.