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Contact: Earl Seaver, Office of the Provost
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September 18, 2007

NIU hits fall enrollment targets

DeKalb, Ill. — Aligning university resources with growing student demand is no easy task, but this week’s release of NIU fall semester student numbers shows key enrollment targets met with near-pinpoint accuracy.

The official 10th day count shows new freshman numbers at 3,024 (target: 3,000 – 3,050), and new transfers at 2,164 (target: 2,000 – 2,050). As school officials had hoped, total on-campus undergraduate student numbers remain steady at 18,495. When added to a slightly smaller graduate student cohort (6,012) and slightly higher law school numbers (325), total NIU enrollment this fall hit a stable 25,254 – exactly where officials hoped it would be.

“Our ability to efficiently manage enrollment allows NIU to ensure that students are experiencing all the benefits of a world-class, residential, doctoral-granting research institution,” explained NIU President John Peters. “Students consistently give NIU high marks for protecting quality-indicators such as class size and student-faculty ratio, and we want to continue that tradition.”

Keeping student numbers steady in the face of increased demand for the NIU experience is a challenge, according to NIU Vice Provost Earl Seaver.

“Each year we see application numbers increase, and we’ve responded by pushing up the application deadline,” Seaver explained. “This year we stopped accepting new freshman applications on May 1 and still had to put 1,100 students on a waiting list. In the end, we had to say no to about 400 or 500 academically qualified applicants in order to keep student numbers in balance with resources.”

Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Services Brent Gage said his staff has worked hard to inform students, families and high school counselors about the need to apply early. For the most part, Gage says, those efforts are working.

“Students are choosing the opportunity to be part of the NIU experience much earlier every year,” Gage said. “That shows a growing awareness of the educational quality we offer and the increasing value of an NIU degree.”

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Fall 2007 10th-Day Enrollment Summary

Category
2007
2006
Change
New freshmen
3,024
3,250
-226
New transfers
2,164
1,925
+ 239
On-campus undergraduates
18,495
18,507
-12
Off-campus undergraduates
422
309
+113
TOTAL UNDERGRADS
18,917
18,816
+101
On-campus graduate students
3,948
4,049
-101
Off-campus graduate students
2,064
2,133
-69
TOTAL GRAD STUDENTS
6,012
6,182
-170
Law students
325
315
+10
TOTAL ENROLLMENT
25,254
25,313
-59