WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When Purdue students return to campus for the start of classes in a little more than a week, they will be part of history at the university.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels told News 18 there is a record-high enrollment this fall. Daniels said the university will have close to 34,000 undergraduate students when classes begin on Aug. 19. Purdue's West Lafayette campus started with about 32,500 last fall.
The record applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. A university spokesperson said official numbers will be available after a census in September.
The university has also been busy hiring this summer. Daniels said are about 140 new faculty members ready for the fall semester.
"We are continuing to keep or even stay ahead of our student growth, which is important to the quality of teaching," Daniels said.
The incoming class of 2023 is expected to be the second largest in university history with about 8,000 students. That's just shy of last year's 8,300.