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ISU Enrollment on the Rise

September 5th, 2013 by Chris Highland

NORMAL– Illinois State University has again eclipsed the 20,000 student mark. The official fall enrollment for the university is 20,272. Much of the increase can be attributed to a spike in enrollment in off-campus locations.

“Although we are a predominately residential campus, more students are taking advantage of courses Illinois State offers in Chicago and downstate locations,” said Troy Johnson, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. “We’re taking classes to where students live and work, whether that’s a student working on an MBA in Chicago or a math teacher working on an advanced degree in Peoria.”

The data, which was released earlier today, also shows an increase in diversity at ISU. 26 percent of the freshman in the incoming class are minorities. The academic prowess of new students is also on the rise. The average ACT score for an incoming freshman is 24, up from 23.7 last year.

“We have well-prepared students choosing Illinois State and we will graduate those students with the preparation they need for today’s knowledge-based global economy,” said President Timothy Flanagan. “We’re focused on college completion and that’s important with the financial investment students and families are making in higher education. Our student retention and graduation rates remain high with 81.7 percent of our freshmen returning for their sophomore year and 71.0 percent graduating.”

Below is the breakdown of Illinois State University’s enrollment.

Total Illinois State University enrollment

Fall 2013

Undergraduate students: 17,749

Graduate students: 2,523

Freshmen: 2,981

Transfers: 1,856

Students from underrepresented groups: 3,421


Off-campus enrollment