Preliminary numbers show record freshman class at UI

Preliminary numbers show record freshman class at UI

URBANA — Enrollment at the University of Illinois has apparently ticked up again this fall, though the numbers won't be finalized until the 10th day of classes.

Preliminary first-day numbers show 7,600 freshmen, which would be a record, but the total is likely to drop before official numbers are in. That's up from the 7,574 recorded on the first day a year ago, which dropped slightly, to 7,565, at the 10-day mark.

The official record right now is 7,583, set in fall 2005.

Total first-day campus enrollment this year is 43,893 (up 712 from 2015), including 33,243 undergraduates (up 603), according to the Division of Management Information. The comparable figure a year ago was 43,181, with 32,640 undergraduates.

Despite widespread anxiety about the state budget, UI officials said last spring they expected this year's freshman class to be about the same size as in 2015.

Freshman applications were up 10 percent overall, to more than 37,000, a new record. The number of Illinois students applying rose by 9 percent.

No breakdown of the freshman class was available Monday. But the campus as a whole saw enrollment increases from in-state and overseas, with 424 more undergraduates from Illinois and almost 300 more international students (though only 46 more undergraduates).

About 73 percent of all undergraduates are Illinois residents, about the same as last year.

Other first-day numbers of note:

— International enrollment: Total of 10,324 (5,497 undergraduates), up from 10,025 (5,451) in fall 2015.

— In-state: Total of 27,281 (24,329 undergraduates), up from 27,076 (23,905) in fall 2015.

— China is once again the top exporter of students to Illinois, with 5,546 graduate and undergraduate students (up from 5,175 last year). It was followed by India (1,253), South Korea (1,088) and Taiwan (187).

— Outside Illinois, the states sending the most students to Illinois are California (1,184), New Jersey (378), New York (284), Texas (267), Ohio (215) and Missouri (204). That includes both graduate students and undergraduates.

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