* Good news…
This fall marks a first in a decade for Eastern Illinois University: Enrollment numbers are up from the previous year.
Tenth day enrollment numbers, the nationally accepted standard for tracking university and college enrollments, are in. According to Eastern’s fall report, 7,526 students are enrolled at EIU this fall, an increase of 7.1 percent from last fall.
Undergraduate student totals are up from 5,568 last year to 6,012 students, and graduate numbers slightly up from 1,462 last year to 1,514 students.
The freshman class has seen some of the biggest strides. According to EIU officials, the university’s fall-to-fall first-time freshmen enrollment has increased by 24.5 percent, an addition of 155 students.
* Bad news…
Fall enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has decreased by nearly 12 percent from the fall 2017 semester, according to university officials.
The campus reached peak enrollment in 1991 with 24,869 students, but enrollment has been decreasing ever since.
This year, the university’s total student enrollment has hit a new low of 12,817 students, surpassing the low set by previous year’s campus fall enrollment of 14,554.
The largest decrease was in the freshman class, which has 410 fewer students than in 2017 — a 23.86 percent drop. The sophomore class saw 232 fewer students, a 12.7 percent drop, and the junior class went down by 395 students, a 15.48 percent lower from 2016.
Total undergraduate enrollment faced a 13.30 percent decline, with 1,449 fewer students than in fall 2017. Total graduate enrollment faced an 8.39 percent decline with 248 fewer students over last fall.
Meanwhile, enrollment at Carbondale’s sister campus, SIU Edwardsville, dropped 3.7 percent compared to last year, according to a Tuesday news release.
*** UPDATE *** According to One Illinois’ Ted Cox, SIU Edwardsville’s enrollment is now higher than SIU Carbondale’s.