ISU sees ‘modest’ enrollment decline, but gains in first-time college students and transfers

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NORMAL (WEEK) – Illinois State University is reporting what it describes as a “modest” enrollment decline compared to the last academic year, but this school year there are more first-time college students and transfers from other institutions, and ISU said the student body is more diverse than it was a year ago.

ISU’s official head count, gathered after the 10th day of classes, shows total enrollment at 20,233, down 2% from a year ago. That includes 17,674 undergraduates and 2,559 graduate students.

This fall, ISU reported a 1% increase in enrollment of first-time college students and a 6% increase in college transfers.

The university also said 35% of this year’s freshman class and 28% of the total student body come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

 “We are excited to welcome such an accomplished and diverse group of incoming students,” said Jana Albrecht, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. 

ISU’s new president, Terry Goss Kinzy, described this year’s enrollment numbers as “robust” and it reflects confidence in the university’s plan for a traditional school year even as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

“Students are eager to be back on campus,” said Kinzy in a prepared statement.

“We believe our strong Fall 2021 enrollment numbers reflect the support we have received from students and their families as we have moved forward with our approach to the fall term,” Kinzy said.

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