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Eastern sees a decrease in 10th day numbers

Eastern Illinois University experiences a 5.9% decrease in enrollment compared to last year. File Photo.

Starting the Fall 2023 semester, Eastern has a total of 8,804 students. The statistic includes high school dual credit (HSDC) students, which is a 5.9% decrease, compared to last year’s enrollment. Of those students, 3,844 are HSDC students.

During the Fall 2022 semester, Eastern had 8,857 students, of those 3,721 were male and 5, 136 were female students.

Without HSDC students, there are 4,924 full time students.

There are 3,824 total male students and 4,980 females students.

Each grade levels enrollment of full time students:

  • Freshman – 1060
  • Sophomore – 780
  • Junior – 896
  • Senior – 1142
  • Post Bachelor Undergraduate – 16
  • Post Bachelor Graduate – 1029.

There was a 15% increase in international according to a press release from the university. Also from the press release, there are 880 international students on campus, which represents 60 countries.

Eastern had a 1.22% decrease of on campus students from last year when there were 4,997 students.

“The increase in high-achieving students and internationalized of our student population reflects the quality of our programs and the strength of our faculty and staff who prioritize relationships with out students,” President Jay Gatrell said. “We continue to be recognized as a campus that cultivates a sense of belonging where all students achieve.”

“EIU continues to attract a diverse range of higher-achieving students,” Josh Norman, Vice President for Enrollment Management said. “Despite the residual retention impact from Covid and the decline of community college enrollments driving the current enrollment cycles data, we’re proud of what the EIU enrollment management and admissions teams have done managed to accomplish. It’s important to celebrate our win’s the cycle, but it’s also important to acknowledge that there is much work yet to be done. The members of our campus community focused on recruitment and retention developed over 100 strategic enrollment action plans for this next year, including new scholarships, student support programs, and strategic partnerships, among many other concepts to help the University continue to grow an increase in support of our current student.”

Last semester there were 4,936 students on campus.

Each grade levels enrollment of full time students last semester:

  • Freshman – 723,
  • Sophomore – 673,
  • Junior – 921,
  • Senior – 1,236,
  • Post Bachelor Undergraduate – 10,
  • Post Bachelor – 9,
  • Bachelor – 942.

Last semester there were 3,845 male students and 5,004 female students.

Each grade levels enrollment of full time students last year:

  • Freshman – 1176,
  • Sophomores – 730,
  • Juniors – 986,
  • Senior – 1108,
  • Post Bachelor Undergraduate – 11,
  • Post Bachelor Graduate – 12,
  • Graduate – 936.

Last semester there were 2,741 high school dual credit students.

Cam’ron Hardy can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].


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Cam'ron is a junior journalism major. He previously served news editor and campus editor at The News. 
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