SPRINGFIELD – Enrollment at the University of Illinois at Springfield has set a record for a spring semester with 4,613 students enrolled, an increase of 220 over last spring. The 5% spring-to-spring increase is primarily due to a larger number of freshmen and graduate students, according to Marya Leatherwood, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Enrollment Management. This spring's number tops a record set in spring 2003 when 4,397 students were enrolled.
"More freshmen, a steady increase in graduate students and an ever-growing population of online students are making the difference," Leatherwood said. She noted that diversity at UIS continues to grow as well with a "sizeable increase in the number of new international students at UIS this spring."
A total of 953 students are enrolled in the university's 15 online degree programs this spring, an increase of 165, or 20.9%, over last spring. Almost half (46.3%) of the total number of students enrolled at UIS are taking at least one course online, and one of every four (25.9%) are taking online courses exclusively.
Online students have mailing addresses in 46 states, two Canadian provinces, and a total of nine foreign countries in all, according to Ray Schroeder, Director of UIS' Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning. "We are particularly excited about the growth of our online degree majors from around the U.S. and several foreign countries. These students bring a rich diversity to online classes in which both distant and area students are enrolled," Schroeder said.
There are a total of 2,614 undergraduates this spring, 222 of whom are freshmen, and 1,984 graduate students. A total of 15 students are currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Public Administration program.
Degree programs with the largest enrollments this spring are computer science, business administration, educational leadership online, accountancy, and psychology.
While nearly 900 students are now living on campus, the majority are part-time adults who commute to campus or take coursework online.
Leatherwood said applications and admissions for this fall are significantly up over last year, and there is an increasing demand for on-campus housing for fall. "Even though 94 new townhouse beds will be available this fall, students should get their housing deposits in as soon as possible," she said.Last fall's enrollment of 4,761 was the largest ever in the university's 36-year history.