Indiana University Archives Exhibits

Student and Faculty Population

Universities in the 19th century were relatively small institutions.  Here are some statistics on IU's student and faculty populations in the 1800s.

1824 - 13 students and 1 faculty member

1840 - 64 students and 6 faculty

1850 - 97 students and 7 faculty

1873 - 194 students and 13 faculty

1885 -  156 students and 19 faculty

Comparison:  Students Enrolled in 1850 at Yale-453, Harvard-358, Princeton-251, Virginia-222,  Columbia-135, Miami of Ohio-66, Michigan-64.

IU graduated an average of 6 students a year between 1830 and 1851.

The growth of universities is a product of the 20th century as the enrollment statistics at IU make quite clear.

1900 – 600 Students

1920 – 2,356 Students

1940 – 5,403 Students

1950 – 10,715 Students

1960 – 14,487 Students

1970 – 30,368 Students

1980 – 31,877 Students

1990 – 35,453 Students

2002 – 38,903 Students  

Student and Faculty Population