CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Officials at Eastern Illinois University are pleased with their spring enrollment numbers, even if they dipped slightly. After three years of positive spring enrollment growth, University officials reported a 2.4% decrease in enrollment Thursday.

“We’ve been very fortunate that the relationships we create with prospective and incoming students have helped us continue to grow through the pandemic,” EIU associate vice president for Enrollment Management Josh Norman said, referring to the 9% increase in enrollment seen between 2018 and 2021.

Norman believes a change in the configuration of dual-credit course options for spring 2022 is the primary reason for the minor dip. “Without these purposeful modifications to our dual-credit offerings resulting in 207 fewer students enrolled, our overall enrollment in spring 2022 would have actually shown a small increase,” Norman said.

According to data from the university, Spring 2022 enrollment sits at 8,423 students. Norman also highlighted the following statistics to help show EIU’s positive momentum;

  • New transfer students are up 12.3%
  • New graduate students are up 65%
  • New international students were up 270%

Norman also reports EIU’s international student enrollment reached an all-time high of 577 students from 55 different countries. Graduate student numbers also reached their highest since 2008 with 1,770 enrolled.

EIU’s official spring 2022 figures come from the university’s 10th-day enrollment reports, a nationally accepted standard for tracking enrollments.