University of Illinois among highest campus enrollments in US

SHARE University of Illinois among highest campus enrollments in US

In this March 13, 2012 file photo, University of Illinois freshmen Jill Marik, left, and Jeremy Vivit study on the Quad on campus in Urbana, Ill. | AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robert K. O’Daniel

URBANA — Enrollment totals for this fall show the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is the seventh-largest public university campus in the country with 44,880 students.

Charles Tucker, vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, said the campus has grown by about 1 percent annually for several decades, largely at the undergraduate level.

A campus committee has created a plan to expand the university by up to 20 percent over the next six years, in terms of degrees awarded.

Tucker said most of that growth would be through new online or graduate programs.

These programs include business, information sciences, engineering, media, social work and the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, which could bring in more than 6,300 students.

This year’s freshman class, which has nearly 7,600 students, is the largest class in the school’s history and is among the five largest in the country, The News-Gazette reported.

The university is also close to its capacity for undergraduate residential enrollment.

“That number is growing larger and larger,” said Keith Marshall, vice provost and director of enrollment management. “We have plenty of qualified students. If we have any issues on this campus, it is a yield issue.”

According to Tucker, the yield among in-state students, or the percentage of accepted students, who enrolled to the university, is up to 43 percent this year.

While other universities have experienced flat or falling percentages of enrollment. One reason for the decline could be due to students commonly applying to 10 to 12 schools and having more options.

In the past, financial concerns have been a barrier for students. According to Marshall, the school has increased its financial aid over the past decade and now gives out over $80 million per year. This year, it increased scholarships for students admitted through the Campus Honors Program, which professor Kim Graber told the newspaper has been “enormously helpful” for students.

The Latest
Ty Macariola scored a game-high 26 points as the Friars beat local rival Oak Park 56-47 in the Chicago Elite Classic at Credit Union 1 Arena.
City officials say the most problematic metals and chemicals have been removed. State environmental officials will have to sign off before the project is finalized.
Another $2 million will be matched by the Chicago Food Depository, which has already been providing meals to migrants since June, in partnership with 15 minority-owned restaurants in Chicago.
Elk Grove police officers responded to reports of a man with a knife in the 200 block of Fern Drive, and once at the scene, a man exited a house with a knife, police said. He then confronted police in a nearby yard, and during the exchange, police shot him.
Burke tried, but failed, to leverage his political clout to strong-arm business for his tax appeals firm out of the New York business that redeveloped the Old Post Office.