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IBHE Data Points 2019 4 Fall 2019 Enrollment

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Fall 2019 Enrollment Snapshot for Illinois Public Universities

The following fall enrollment snapshot for the Illinois public universities was produced using data collected over the last five academic years via IBHE’s Fall Enrollment I survey. It emphasizes full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE)1.

Overall Fall Enrollment (FTE)

As shown in Table 1, overall fall enrollment in 2019-20 at Illinois public universities (including both undergraduate and graduate programs) slightly increased (+532 FTE) from academic year 2018-19 and is down -4.8% (-8,346 FTE) from academic year 2015-16. Western Illinois University (-11.7%), Southern Illinois University Carbondale (-8.9%), and Northeastern Illinois University (-6.9%) experienced the largest overall enrollment declines relative to 2018-19. The University of Illinois at Chicago (+5.7%), Eastern Illinois University (+2.6%), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (+2.6%), Illinois State University (+1.6%), and Chicago State University (+1.2%) experienced overall increases relative to 2018-19.

Table 1: Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Enrollment (based on FTE)

Undergraduate Enrollment (FTE)


Overall undergraduate fall enrollment at public universities declined -1.5% (-1,806 FTE) from academic year 2018-19 to 2019-20 and -7.8% (-10,152 FTE) when compared to 2015-16. As shown in Table 2, Western Illinois University (-12.6%), Southern Illinois University Carbondale (-11.3%), and Northeastern Illinois University (-9.3%) experienced the largest undergraduate

1 Full-time equivalent (FTE) is a single value that includes all attempted credit hours for all students (full- and part-time) converted into a full-time basis by program level (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). For example, 15 undergraduate hours are the equivalent of one undergraduate FTE and 12 graduate hours are the equivalent of one graduate FTE.
enrollment declines from 2018-19 to 2019-20. The University of Illinois at Chicago (+4.5%), Chicago State University (+4.1%), Eastern Illinois University (+3.3%), and Illinois State University (+1.2%) experienced increases in undergraduate enrollment relative to 2018-19.

Table 2: Undergraduate Enrollment (based on FTE)


Undergraduate FTE Enrollment - Change in Enrollment

Graduate Enrollment (FTE)

Total graduate enrollment at public universities increased +5.5% from (+2,279 FTE) fall of 2018-19. As shown in Table 3, the University of Illinois at Springfield (-9.4%) and Western Illinois University (-6.8%) had the largest declines in fall graduate enrollment relative to 2018-19. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (+8.5%) experienced an increase in graduate enrollment relative to 2018-19, along with the University of Illinois at Chicago (+7.8%), Northeastern Illinois University (+5.7%), Illinois State University (+5.4%), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (+5.3%), and Northern Illinois University (+1.6%).

Table 3: Graduate Enrollment (based on FTE)


Undergraduate FTE Enrollment - Change in Enrollment