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Enrollment at UIS jumps 4.1% over last spring

February 13, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Enrollment at the University of Illinois at Springfield increased at both the undergraduate and graduate levels this spring, rising 4.1% over last spring, to 4,393 students. A total of 2,524 undergraduates are attending UIS this spring, 72 more than last year; and 1,869 graduate students are attending, up 102 over last year. A total of 16 students are enrolled in UIS’ Doctorate of Public Administration.

The trend toward students taking more credit hours (heavier course loads) continues to grow, according to figures released by the Office of Admissions and Records. There are 1,914 full-time students enrolled this spring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels compared to 1,860 last spring.  In regard to part-time students, there are 2,479 now enrolled, a 120 increase over last spring.

Enrollment in online courses and degree programs increased this spring as it has for every semester since fall 1998 when UIS first began to offer online education.  A total of 1,820 students are taking at least one online class, 1,047 of whom are taking only online classes.  “In addition to Illinois, these students are living in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Alberta, Guam, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Chile, France, India, and Vanuata,” said Ray Schroeder, Director of UIS’ Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning.

There are a total of 411 students majoring in seven online bachelor’s degree programs – Business Administration, Computer Science, English, History, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, and Philosophy. At the graduate level, there are 357 students majoring in four master’s degree programs – Management Information Systems, Educational Leadership, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, including seven students who are completing online master’s certificates.

Another area of enrollment growth at UIS is the Capital Scholars Program, which will be expanded this fall to include freshmen – about 200 – who will be admitted to the new general education curriculum for the first time. The Capital Scholars Honors Program, which began in fall 1991, will continue to enroll about 100 students each year.

In regard to overall enrollment, the academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with the most students are: Computer Science, Business Administration, Accountancy, Psychology, and Liberal Studies.

At the undergraduate level, the highest enrolled programs are: Liberal Studies, Business Administration, Psychology, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice.  At the graduate level, they are: Computer Science Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Management Information Systems, and the MBA.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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