ISU Recruits Largest Freshman Class In Three Decades

 
ISU students walking on the quad.

ISU enrolled 3,860 freshmen this fall, bringing total enrollment to 20,878 students. That's up 1.2% over last year.

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Illinois State University freshman enrollment jumped nearly 5% this fall—its largest freshman class in 33 years.

ISU said Wednesday that it's enrolled 3,860 freshmen this fall, bringing total enrollment to 20,878 students. That's up 1.2% over last year.

“This year’s historically large freshman class is part of the continuing trend of strong enrollment at Illinois State University,” President Larry Dietz said in a statement Wednesday “That is proof that students recognize the high quality of educational, growth, and leadership opportunities the University offers. Once they arrive on campus, students achieve real success, as evidenced by Illinois State’s high student retention and graduation rates.”

ISU also touted the diversity and academic record of its newest students. Around one-third are from traditionally underrepresented groups. International enrollment has also increased by 8% over the previous academic year.

This year’s freshman class had an average high school GPA of 3.48 on a 4.0 scale, an average ACT score near 24, and an average score of 1121 on the SAT. ISU's freshman class also includes 441 Honors Program students—the most ever.

“This fall’s enrollment figures reflect more than just an increase in the number of students on campus,” Jana Albrecht, associate vice president of enrollment management, said in a statement. “They show an increasingly diverse and academically talented student body at Illinois State. These students are poised for success in a welcoming and supportive campus environment that will challenge them to be their best.”

 

 

More details are available at News.IllinoisState.edu.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio