WESTVILLE | While some universities across the country have declining student enrollment, Purdue University is reporting growth.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels told trustees the number of applications last fall increased by 28 percent, or 39,000. The number of nonresident applications increased by 48 percent. He also said the number of international students has risen, particularly those from India and South Korea. Daniels made these statements at the April board of trustees meeting last week at Purdue North Central.
Daniels said the number of Hispanics admitted to the school went up by 40 percent while the number of blacks increased by 16 percent.
Purdue University's agricultural and biological engineering program was ranked the No. 1 graduate program in the United States for the fifth consecutive year. Among the top 10 schools, Purdue has the second lowest tuition, Daniels said.
In other business, Amy Noah, Purdue's vice president for development, reported that donations to the university, sources of funding and funding for student support are up.
Noah shared several projections for fiscal year 2014, predicting an increase in donors and giving over the past year.
"We are seeing strong results thus far this fiscal year," she said.
"We believe, based on our estimates, that we will finish ahead of last year in both our net production and cash donations. We also are on track to surpass the number of donors who gave the previous year for the first time in the past six years."
For the first time, Purdue is hosting a Purdue Day of Giving on April 30. The 24-hour, university-wide online fundraising event will combine personal contact and a social engagement. A recent donation included $500,000 to be used as a dollar-for-dollar match of any gift or pledge to the President's Affordability and Accessibility Fund on the Day of Giving. More information about the fundraising event is at purduedayofgiving.com.