Summer enrollment increases on track to meet Purdue goals

Purdue’s summer enrollment has grown 40.1 percent since 2011, when an initiative began to increase the number of students enrolled during the summer to 20,000 in a decade.

Summer 2017 saw an enrollment of 9,167, according to the latest briefing from the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE). The biggest jump in enrollment occurred in 2014 with a 12.5 percent increase from the previous year, coinciding with launch of the “Think Summer” awareness campaign.

A public forum on the report will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 18, in the Krannert Building, Room G018.

Three summer programs designed to target different populations have helped increase summer enrollment. Summer Start gives conditionally admitted students a chance to acclimate to college life before the start of the semester. Summer Stay encourages students to engage in research, internships and on-campus course work by providing a scholarship. Summer Finish is a scholarship to get students graduated by August instead of December.

According to the briefing, nearly all student groups have increased the number of students enrolled in summer term, however the proportions have shifted. For example, international students accounted for 16 percent in 2011 and 22 percent in 2017. The colleges with the largest increase in both courses offered and student course enrollments are Agriculture, Engineering, Management, Pharmacy and Science – all have increased by over 50 percent since 2011.

In 2017, summer courses were a mixture of face-to-face only (38 percent), face-to-face and online (23 percent), and online courses only (39 percent). And given that students take fewer courses in the summer than during the fall or spring semesters, academic performance is better on average.

The briefing says summer courses are often a great way to finish a degree on time or early, but that if summer employment or an internship are available to a student, the time might be better spent getting job experience. If a student graduates a semester early and goes to work, however, they could net an additional $20,870 in income, according to calculations done by OIRAE.

Note: At the time of publication, summer 2017 data was only available through the beginning of Summer Module 2. Official enrollment data has since become available and can be found in the Data Digest.

To read July’s briefing visit:

Writer: Kirsten Gibson, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8190,

Last updated: August 14, 2017

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