Freshman enrollment for fall completed

Ball State has cut off freshman enrollment for 2002 fall semester for the first time in ten years.

University officials said applications are being processed for Spring 2003 and recommended students that did not meet deadline to attend Ivy Tech State College this fall and then transfer to Ball State Spring semester 2003.

"This is good news," vice president of student affairs Doug McConkey said. "We are very optimistic and want to make sure we have adequate housing and class offerings for students."

McConkey said in a press release that Ivy Tech was notified of a possible increase in students refferred to them from BSU.

"We want to applaud Ball State's faculty and leadership for making the strides they did in enrollment this year," said Ivy Tech State College Chancellor Rob Jeffs.

Jeffs said he predicts that Ivy Tech's enrollment will increase a few hundred in the fall.

Four years ago Ball State and Ivy Tech formed an interchangeable curriculum program for students who were not admitted into Ball State.

The Connect Program allows students to take up to two semesters or 30 credit hours at Ivy Tech while maintaining a 2.0 grade point average. Students are then automatically accepted at Ball State the following fall semester.

"Based upon trends from the past four years, comparing the number of students who paid their enrollment deposits and the actual number who arrived on campus, it looks like our freshman class will be somewhere between 3,925 and 3,980 students," McConkey said in a press release. "This tells us that our long term plan is being realized."

In a recent Daily News article, McConkey said Ball State's recent marketing efforts and higher admissions standards have contributed to the rise in enrollment.


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