U of Illinois sees enrollment boost but EIU reports drops

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ The University of Illinois says fall enrollment is up but the number of incoming freshmen at the Chicago campus is down.

The announcement Thursday followed news that freshman enrollment at Eastern Illinois University dropped sharply.

Several state universities have already announced enrollment declines related to Illinois’ state-budget crisis.

Enrollment at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus is up 1.8 percent to 44,087 and freshman enrollment is up slightly to a record 7,592. The Springfield campus reported a 1 percent enrollment increase to 3,483 and an 11.9 percent freshman boost to 300.

Freshman enrollment at the Chicago campus dropped 5.1 percent to 3,307. Overall enrollment was up less than 1 percent to 28,710.

EIU reported freshman enrollment was down 25 percent to 1,251. Overall enrollment was off 2.6 percent to 7,415.