Northern Illinois University saw a slight increase in enrollment for new freshmen and graduate students for the Fall 2013 semester.
The number of new freshmen increased by just 15 students, but it marked the second straight year of increases. A total of 2,679 new freshmen and 1,881 new transfers were enrolled, bringing the new undergraduate students to 4,917.
"To be able to report an increase in freshman and graduate school enrollment in the midst of a national downturn in college enrollment trends is gratifying, yet we have significant work ahead," NIU President Doug Baker said.
The university's graduate school added 36 more students compared to last year, bringing the enrollment up to 5,020. The College of Engineering saw a 33.9 percent increase in graduate student enrollment and the College of Business saw an increase of 8.8 percent. The College of Education also saw a slight enrollment boost.
The university currently serves 21,138 students in total, 3.3 percent less than last fall's number of 21,869. The decrease is being attributed to a declining number of Illinois high school graduates, a decline in new transfers, a large spring graduating class, and student retention.
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