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IU Bloomington expecting record-setting freshman class for fall 2021

<p>IU Bloomington is anticipating a record-setting freshman class in enrollment for fall 2021.</p>

IU Bloomington is anticipating a record-setting freshman class in enrollment for fall 2021.

IU Bloomington is anticipating a record-setting incoming freshman class for fall 2021, according to a press release Thursday. The university has received 10,700 enrollment deposits and 9,000 housing deposits so far, according to the release.

In addition to the record-setting overall class, IU also expects a record level of diverse student enrollment, with the university expecting 1,600 underrepresented students in the fall 2021 freshman class, according to the release.

The university received a record 46,000 applications, which is a 5% increase from last year, according to the release. 

IU is projecting a class of around 9,300 incoming freshman, which is a 17% increase from last year’s freshman enrollment and a 12% increase over the previous record-setting class of 8,291 from 2019, according to Vice Provost for Enrollment Management David Johnson..

The university will have a new residence hall, Walnut Grove Center, along with new and expanded dining options, student services and academic resources, according to the release.

Walnut Grove Center will be located in the University’s Northwest Neighborhood steps away from the new McNutt Dining Facility and will offer single and double rooms, according to IU’s housing website

More than 40% of admitted students for fall 2021 chose not to report test scores in their application, according to the release. IU is also projecting a 19% increase in the amount of students eligible for federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to undergraduate students exhibiting exceptional financial need, according to the release.

"All of the pieces are in place to both reopen more widely following COVID-19 protocols and to welcome what we believe will be our largest class to date," Executive Vice Provost for Strategy, Budget and Finance M.A. "Venkat" Venkataramanan said.

Fall semester classes at IU Bloomington will begin Aug. 23.

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