Higher Education
4:45 am
Thu September 12, 2013

NIU Enrollment Dips

The number of students attending Northern Illinois University this semester is lower than last year. The school released its 10-day enrollment numbers Wednesday, and they show more than a three-percent decrease overall. According to a news release, the overall decrease can be attributed to several factors, including a declining number of high school graduates in the state of Illinois and a decline in new transfer students.

There’s some good news in the latest numbers: the number of incoming freshmen is up slightly for the second year in a row. Graduate school numbers are up as well, especially for engineering and business programs. 

The number of new freshman increased slightly by 15 students, marking the second straight year of gains.  NIU enrolled 4,917 new undergraduate students, including 2,679 new freshmen and 1,881 new transfers.

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ