Purdue Enrollment Takes A Planned Dip

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Undergraduate enrollment at Purdue University is down a bit from last year as part of a plan to make space for additional graduate students.

This fall 30,147 undergraduates are enrolled on the West Lafayette campus, a decrease of 629, the university reported this morning. The freshman class size is 368 fewer than last year. This is part of a goal to shift enrollment to 30,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students.

"Admissions is strategically moving toward this target enrollment goal by 2014 to continue serving students with high-quality instruction, while matching the size of the student body with our physical and educational resources," said Pamela T. Horne, associate vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions, in a statement.

Total system enrollment -- which includes West Lafayette, Purdue Calumet, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, select programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue North Central and the Statewide Technology Program -- is 75,703.

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