Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Many Illinois Universities See Freshman Increases
CHAMPAIGN, IL (AP) - Many of Illinois' public universities are welcoming larger freshmen classes to their campuses this fall.
Experts warn not to read too much into the increases. But many of the schools say higher numbers could mean that everything from the University of Illinois' strong science and math programs to efforts working to draw more students to smaller schools such as Eastern Illinois University.
Blair Lord is provost at EIU. The Charleston school's freshman enrollment went up for the first time in four years to 1,254.
Around the country higher education enrollments are falling as an improving economy leads to more jobs
Tim Barnett is vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He says the school's 19.8 percent freshman increase is a result of more marketing in Chicago.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 7,330 7,227
University of Illinois-Chicago 3,104 3,123
University of Illinois-Springfield 339 283
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale 2,571
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 1,966 2075
Illinois State University 2,981 3,088
Eastern Illinois University 1,254 1,234
Northern Illinois University 2,679 2,664
Western Illinois University 1,652 1,754
Sources: Individual universities.
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