Largest freshman class in 35 years at ISU, total enrollment up 2%

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Illinois State University(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 11:25 PM CDT
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NORMAL (25 News Now) - The largest freshman class in 35 years is responsible for a 2% gain in total enrollment this fall at Illinois State University.

This year’s student population is also more diverse with a sharp increase in freshmen coming from what the university describes as “traditionally underrepresented” groups, according to a university news release.

Official enrollment figures from the 10th day of classes show 20,683 students at ISU. There are 3,983 freshmen, up 18% from last year. New graduate students are also up 18%.

ISU’s student body is more diverse, with the school reporting 37% of the freshman class coming from “traditionally underrepresented” groups. ISU says 29.9% of the total student population comes from those groups.

The university said 3% of the student body comes from outside the U.S.

This year’s freshman class did very well in high school with an average GPA of 3.64 on a 4.0 scale. Their average ACT score is 24, and 440 of the incoming freshmen are in the Honors Program.

“Illinois State continues its tradition of strong enrollment, increased diversity, and student achievement,” ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy said in a statement.

“We are already planning for next year’s class, and we are working to assure that as many qualified students as possible have access to the Redbird experience,” she added.

“This group of students is talented, civic minded, and driven, and I cannot wait to see the incredible things they do as part of our campus community over the next few years,” Jana Albrecht, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said in a statement.