Illinois State University's president isn't disappointed at a 578-student drop in enrollment numbers this fall compared to last. Al Bowman says the 10-day enrollment of 20,502 is right where ISU wants to be. He says last fall's 21,080 enrollment put too much pressure on classroom structure.
"It was really more students than we could comfortably accomodate and so the approach this year was to admit a slightly smaller freshman class, slightly fewer graduate students and allow our enrollment to fall within that 20,000 to 21,000 target range."
Last year's ISU enrollment marked a 20-year high. Universities in Illinois and across the nation are seeing enrollment drop as tuition costs rise and economic recovery drifts. Bowman says it's not fair to students to increase enrollment just to add tuition revenue. He says the average ACT score of this fall's freshman class is near 24. Minority students make up 21.6% of the class. That's a nearly 3% increase from last fall.
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