Times of Northwest Indiana Staff Report

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's fall enrollment has reached its highest level in more than 25 years, including record enrollment in its programs for graduate and law students.

A total of 4,070 students are enrolled at VU, the highest total since 4,190 were enrolled in 1983 and an increase of more than 2 percent from last year's fall enrollment, the university announced.

With 579 students enrolled, the university's graduate programs experienced an increase of more than 16 percent from the record 498 students enrolled in fall 2008. VU recently launched new master's programs in international economics and finance, digital media and sports media.

The School of Law also set a new enrollment record with 599 students this fall, topping the previous high of 596 students set last year.

Undergraduate enrollment was reported at 2,892 students, up seven from last fall.

Women make up 52 percent of the student body. Fourteen percent of VU's freshmen are members of an ethnic minority, up from 13 percent last year. Members of traditionally under-represented minorities comprise 27 percent of VU's first-year law students.

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