UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Total enrollment at Marian University as of September 15, 2010, stands at 2,365 students: a new enrollment record and the sixth straight year of record enrollment and the fourth year in a row with enrollment in excess of 2,000 students. Last year's total enrollment was 2,288 students.
Preliminary enrollment numbers released in August from Marian University indicate some interesting trends are happening at the growing liberal arts institution. The number of new students (graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree seeking) on campus is up 11 percent from last year—a record 754 new students this year versus 669 last year. At the same time, the university is also experiencing a record number of undergraduate degree seekers: currently there are 567 students in this category versus 474 last year.
Fall 2007 = 615
Fall 2008 = 632
Fall 2009 = 669
Fall 2010 = 754
Growth in these categories is being driven primarily by an increase in full- and part-time transfer students (174 thus far versus 148 last year) and in students in alternative teacher licensing programs offered through the School of Education (over 400 in the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, and ACTION programs).
“When families come to our campus, meet our excellent faculty and staff, and see for themselves the kind of challenging and inspiring teaching and learning environment that we offer, they immediately perceive the differences here and want to be a part of our community,” said the university’s president, Daniel J. Elsener. “Clearly, prospective students and their families are seeking the kind of faith-based education offered at Marian University,” he continued.
University officials received more good news about the freshman class: the median SAT score for the class of 2014 is 1040, well above the national average of 1016. “This is a record for Marian University and a clear indication that we are trending higher in academic quality,” said Jack Powell, the university’s assistant vice president for enrollment management. “As we progress with the construction of the new medical school, we are seeing tremendous interest from academically talented students in central Indiana and across the state,” he said.