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This Year



UIS has more undergraduates, more full-time students

January 30, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The trend toward more full-time students continues at the University of Illinois at Springfield, according to enrollment figures for the spring semester announced Friday.

“We are continuing to see an increase in the number of credit hours for which our students are enrolling, particularly undergraduate students,” said Darren Bush, director of Admissions and Records at UIS. He noted that undergraduate enrollment rose to 2,430 this semester compared to last spring’s 2,395, an increase of 35 students.

However, the number of graduate students dipped this spring to 1,925 compared to last spring’s 2,002, a drop of 77 students. A total of 20 students are enrolled in UIS’ Doctor of Public Administration program.

“The number of undergraduate students continues to grow largely due to the Capital Scholars Program, in which 109 freshmen and 72 sophomores are currently enrolled,” Bush said.  “They are all full-time students and live on campus (in Lincoln Residence Hall),” he said.

Overall, enrollment at UIS this spring is steady compared to last spring, with 4,355 students enrolled compared to last year’s 4,397. There are 1,702 full-time students and 2,653 part-time students.

The online enrollment remains very strong this spring with a 40 percent increase in enrollment in UIS’ 150 online courses.  A total of 1,996 students are enrolled in at least one online course this spring, 566 more than last spring.  Many students take both online and on-campus courses.

“Our online program is growing at an impressive rate,” said Ray Schroeder, director of UIS’ Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning.  “With the addition of the online degree completion programs in History and Computer Science this year, we have increased enrollments from students on campus as well as across the state of Illinois.” Schroeder said the vast majority of online students are in Illinois, although UIS also has online students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, as well as from 28 different states and Canada.

The university is a national leader in online education, offering several entirely online degree completion and graduate programs including English, History, Management Information Systems, Educational Leadership, Liberal Studies, and Computer Science.

The number of students living on campus in apartments and townhouses as well as in Lincoln Residence Hall is slightly more than 650, the largest number ever.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 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.