Sean Newgent Sean Newgent is a senior journalism major at Illinois State University. He's an intern for the GLT newsroom. Enrollment Exodus: What Makes ISU Successful? By Sean Newgent & Charlie Schlenker • Sep 24, 2019 Illinois State University had another great recruiting year, with a 1.2% increase in total enrollment and the largest freshman class in 33 years. It's another stable year. Several other schools throughout the state continued years of enrollment drops.