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Freshman enrollment rises at SIUC

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Freshman enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale increased 2.4 percent in fall 2014, according to the school.

They say the total enrollment increased slightly to 17,989 from 17,964 in fall 2013.

Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela said the relatively flat overall enrollment is a positive sign that the university is turning the corner after 10 years of decline. He said the enrollment improvements are related to increased strategic outreach, a growing reputation and strong academic programs tied to the university's research mission.

Other highlights from the fall enrollment include:

  • Enrollment of transfer students increased 2.3 percent
  • Off-campus enrollment increased just over 5 percent
  • International student enrollment increased nearly 25 percent, and enrollment of new international undergraduate and graduate students is the highest since 1985. The top five countries of origin are Brazil, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

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