UI enrollment hits new record
URBANA — The second-largest freshman class to date has pushed enrollment at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus to its highest point in UI history, nearly 43,400 students.
The number of freshmen enrolled after the 10th day of classes — the traditional benchmark for enrollment — stood at 7,331 on Tuesday, compared with 6,932 a year ago, according to the UI's Division of Management Information. That's an increase of 5.7 percent.
The number brings total campus enrollment to a record 43,398, with 32,294 undergraduates (also a record) and 11,104 graduate and professional students, UI officials said Tuesday.
The numbers aren't a big surprise, given that a record 33,178 students applied to be part of the class of 2017.
The Office of Admissions had initially projected about 7,200 students would enroll this fall. But Director of Admissions Stacey Kostell said last week it appeared the number would be closer to 7,320.
Freshman enrollment has topped 7,000 in recent years, with the largest class in 2005 at 7,585 students. Total enrollment reached 40,510 that year, according to UI figures.
Enrollment has been rising steadily over the last decade. In 2000, total campus enrollment was 36,936, with 6,178 freshman and 27,882 undergraduates, according to UI figures. From 2000 to 2013, UI enrollment has risen 17.5 percent.
A breakdown of the freshman class wasn't available Tuesday, as administrators were still analyzing the numbers.
But campuswide, about 75 percent of undergraduates, or 24,299 students, hail from Illinois, though the UI lists 24,644 as paying in-state tuition. The number of international students is just under 5,000, or about 15.4 percent of all undergraduates, led by China ((2,588), South Korea (864), India (457) and Taiwan (127).
Counties sending the most undergraduates to campus are Cook (9,653), DuPage (3,228), Lake (2,483), Will (1,653) and Champaign (1,443).
Ethnically, the undergraduate student body is 52.7 percent white (17,010), 5.5 percent black (1,764), 14.9 percent Asian (4,833) and 8.2 percent Hispanic (2,643), according to the UI.
Males outnumber females, 56 percent to 44 percent.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest on campus, with more than 13,865 students (11,287 undergraduates), followed by the College of Engineering with 10,039 (7,112 undergraduates).
Applications to the UI this past year were up in all categories — among Illinois residents, out-of-state students and those living outside the U.S. Slightly more than half (17,150) were from Illinois, a slight increase over last year, which administrators had hoped for. About 29 percent were from abroad (9,485), and almost 20 percent (6,544) were from states other than Illinois.
Enrollment, UI's Urbana campus, 2000-2013