CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois University saw an almost identical increase in spring to spring enrollment as they did in the fall, according to newly released 10th-day enrollment numbers.
Figures for 10th-day enrollment numbers, the nationally accepted standard for tracking university and college enrollments, are in for Eastern. After reporting a 5 percent increase in spring-to-spring enrollment a year ago, Eastern enrollment has jumped another 7 percent from spring 2018 to spring 2019.
As previously reported, the overall enrollment at the beginning of the school year marked a first in a decade for the university with a 7.1 percent increase fall-to-fall.
According to the 10th-day data, the university’s spring 2019 enrollment sits at 7,503 students -- 487 more than the previous spring semester.
The increase follows a familiar trend for the university, which once again has seen considerable boosts to its freshman, graduate, and dual-credit enrollments, according to EIU officials.
Of notable significance to EIU’s spring 2019 10th-day enrollment snapshot:
- EIU’s degree-seeking graduate enrollment for spring 2019 reached 1,454 students -- its highest point in nine years for the spring semester and a 5.5 percent increase over spring 2018’s numbers.
- New transfer students from other four-year institutions increased by 80 percent. Eastern noted that 59 percent of those transfer students who are residents of Illinois are returning to EIU -- and Illinois -- from out-of-state institutions.
University administrators credit the continued enrollment increase to heightened enrollment efforts, a stable and predictable state budget, and EIU’s robust and rising reputation as a first-choice option in Illinois higher education, according to officials.
“Eastern’s enduring success and future growth are byproducts of our comprehensive and encouraging commitment to our students,” said Eastern President David Glassman.
Dean of the Graduate School Ryan Hendrickson attributes EIU’s graduate enrollment gains to the high-quality programs the Graduate School provides, coupled with the expansion of increasingly accessible online learning opportunities and sustained interest from international students seeking an advanced degree from a preeminent university.
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“We are especially excited about our newly created accelerated graduate programs,” Hendrickson said. “Implemented this spring, they create unique opportunities for students wanting to begin a graduate program while still enrolled as an undergraduate. As a result, students will benefit from reduced costs, and EIU will benefit from additional graduate enrollments in the future.”
Josh Norman, EIU’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said he is happy with EIU’s enrollment advancements, but added that he and his team are far from done.
“We’ve made significant progress, and we’re certainly proud of our recent enrollment achievements,” Norman said. “Our commitment to high school dual-credit students and the cost savings our program provides them continues to be a significant draw... We’ll continue to prioritize our enrollment strategies as we work toward meeting EIU’s future enrollment goals.”
Glassman set a goal for 9,000 students shortly after he took the position as president.
Several of EIU’s standalone enrollment reports are combined to create a comprehensive university enrollment report that, once complete, will be available on the EIU enrollment page.
The 10th-day numbers were delayed because a problem in the reporting process at the university required more time for staff to crunch this semester's 10th-day enrollment numbers, said EIU spokesman Josh Reinhart.