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A few years ago, when he was going to Yorkville High School, Matt Pitstick saw college recruiters roaming his school who surprised him and made his friends laugh. They were recruiters from a university more than 700 miles away: the University of Alabama. 

Rich Egger

Doug Freed will lead Western Illinois University's efforts to attract more students. Freed is WIU's new Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services.

WIU Enrollment Continues Downward Trend

Feb 5, 2019
Rich Egger

According to figures collected and released by Western Illinois University, student enrollment dropped again this spring. Enrollment at the Macomb campus for the Spring 2019 semester is down about 900 students, or 14% compared to Spring 2018. Western reported a total of 5,645 students taking classes in Macomb this semester.

The University of Illinois Springfield is the latest state school to see an enrollment decline, part a recent    trend for the campus.  

Winners and Losers As Illinois Universities Report Fall Enrollment

Sep 13, 2018

Illinois’ public universities have finished tallying up their student bodies for the new school year, and once again it’s a mix of winners and losers.

Illinois government wants to keep kids from leaving the state for college. Its latest effort is a website and app that allows students and their parents to compare in-state schools.

WIU Enrollment Down but Better than Expected

Sep 6, 2018
TSPR

Student enrollment at Western Illinois University this fall is down 10% from last year with a total student enrollment of 8,502 for both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

Fall enrollment at SIU-Carbondale is down nearly 12-percent, but school officials say they are seeing some positive signs for the future.

Ten-day numbers released Tuesday show enrollment stands at 12,817 students.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

Rich Egger

Student enrollment dropped 9.1% this spring at Western Illinois University compared to spring of last year.

Southeastern Community College is looking for ways to increase enrollment, even as it waits to release its official student count for Fall 2017.  President Michael Ash said community colleges focus primarily on recruiting students from local high schools. He said, though, that that is becoming more of a challenge.

WIU

The WIU administration blames the uncertainty caused by the two year state budget impasse for this year's drop in enrollment.

Rich Egger

Higher education has been among the areas feeling the pain from the state budget impasse in Illinois as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees, and, in some cases, close for several days. 

WIU Student Enrollment Dips Below 10K

Feb 20, 2017
TSPR

There are 9,469 students enrolled at Western Illinois University this spring semester. It's the first time this century Western's student body has dropped below 10,000.

WIU Fall Enrollment Down; Freshman Class Stable

Sep 13, 2016
TSPR

Western Illinois University's fall student enrollment is down 6.5% compared to last year. Western welcomed more than 10,373 students to campus this fall. That’s 721 students fewer than last year.

Plenty of New Faces at Knox College

Sep 14, 2015
T.J. Carson

Knox College is confident the use of 21st Century technology is helping bring more students to campus.

Rich Egger

There are 145 fewer students studying at Western Illinois University this spring than there were last year. Enrollment fell from 10,821 in the spring of 2014 to 10,676 this spring. That’s a 1.3% drop.

Andy Borst, Director of Admissions, said students leave for a variety of reasons, but he does not believe it is because of dissatisfaction with Western. 

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas said declining student enrollment is one of the biggest problems the university faces.

One of the region's colleges is facing some unexpected challenges, thanks to a problem other colleges would do anything to have.

Enrollment At WIU Continues To Trend Down

Jun 16, 2014
TSPR

In the spring of 2007, nearly 9,800 undergraduate students were attending classes at Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.  Only 8,000 were enrolled this past spring. The leaders of the university are currently working on plans to bring enrollment back up.

The trend of Iowa's public school enrollment being on the rise is not reaching the southeast corner of the state.

WIU Enrollment Decline Impacts Bottom Line

Sep 10, 2013
Rich Egger

There are 498 fewer students attending Western Illinois University this fall than at this time last year.

WIU Signs Dual Enrollment Deal with EICC

Jul 15, 2013
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Western Illinois University recently signed a new agreement with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to make the transition for EICC students coming to Western easier.

Southeastern Community College's Board of Trustees has increased tuition by $3/credit hour.

Iowa Public School Enrollment Up

Jan 4, 2013

The Iowa Department of Education says public school enrollment increased by 2,741 students from the 2011/2012 school year to the current year.

Students at Burlington High School will be able to use their cell phones during school.

The Burlington School District wants to balance its elementary school enrollment.

The administration says nearly 200 students attend an elementary school that is outside of their neighborhood.

Superintendent Jane Evans says this is likely the result of families moving within the city but choosing to remain a part of their previous school. 

She says the district wants to balance the enrollment at its five elementary schools: Blackhawk, Corse, Grimes, North Hill and Sunnyside.