MUNCIE — Just as Ball State University officials predicted at the beginning of the fall semester, the school's enrollment took a dip compared to its record year in 2019, with about 3,215 fewer students enrolled this year.

During the Ball State Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management Paula Luff presented enrollment data for the fall 2021 semester.

The incoming freshman class, which was expected to be lower this year, had a total of 3,287 enrolled students and a strong academic profile. In 2019, there were 4,060 freshmen.

About 90% of freshmen are Indiana residents and 25.1% are students of color, which is up from the previous year. There was also a small increase in first-generation students.

"The average high school GPA and SAT scores are at their highest in the past five years," Luff said. "Our average GPA, for high school GPA ,for this class is 3.55, and the average SAT score is 1,173. We also have 370 students enrolled in the honors college, which is 11.3% of the overall class, so very strong compared to prior years."
Copyright ©2021 The Star Press