Blake Wood
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After the first 10 days of classes, University of Illinois Springfield Fall 2021 census numbers show the total number of students enrolled in classes stands at 3,944 compared to 4,146 students in fall 2020.  

The number of students living on campus increased this semester. A total of 839 students are living on campus, up from 817 students in fall 2020.

“COVID-19 continues to affect our enrollment numbers,” said Karen Whitney, UIS interim chancellor. “Though our Admissions team was able to connect with prospective students virtually in innovative new ways last year, our ability to visit schools and personally interact with students was significantly hindered. 

 “However, I am encouraged by the greater number of students living on campus and an increase in our international student population. We also are offering more on-ground classes and student life programming due to our highly vaccinated campus population. All of those are good signs that students want to be a part of the great things happening at UIS as we continue to find a path toward a more normal university experience during the greatest health challenge of our lives.” 

UIS has 39% of its course offerings on campus, 13% remote and 48% online. That compares to 20% on campus, 35% remote and 45% online last fall.

Total undergraduate enrollment stands at 2,503 students compared to 2,654 in fall 2020. The number of graduate students decreased from 1,492 in 2020 to 1,441 in 2021. A total of 3,071 students are Illinois residents, making up nearly 78% of the student body.

UIS continues to be a diverse campus. There are 17 more international students (272) on campus this fall, accounting for 6.9% of students enrolled. Black or African American students (499) make up 12.7% of the student body. The total number of Hispanic students (349) enrolled this semester stands at nearly 9% of the students enrolled this semester. Asian students (178) make up 4.5% of the student body.

UIS is one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System and provides a uniquely student-centered educational experience both in and out of the classroom through active learning, meaningful research and impactful civic engagement that prepares graduates to contribute fully to society.

For more information, contact Blake Wood, UIS assistant director of public relations, at 217-206-6716 or