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NIU sees 3 percent jump in new freshman enrollment
The best news was that NIU welcomed 1,852 new freshmen to campus for the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of nearly 3 percent over last year. There was also 2 percent growth in enrollment at the College of Law, 1 percent improvement in overall student retention and 20 percent jump in new doctoral students.


http://www.niutoday.info/2017/09/12/niu-...20hzS.dpbs



...Despite those gains, total enrollment on campus declined by 5 percent.
09-12-2017 03:58 PM
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Cool... baby steps.
09-12-2017 05:04 PM
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09-12-2017 06:38 PM
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We sorely need enrollment to go back up. We had over 25,000 students when I went there. I can only imagine what a loss of 7-8,000 students since then does to the bottom line.
09-12-2017 07:10 PM
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NIU fared well, but "total enrollment on campus declined by 5 percent".

My daughter had to choose a school for this year, and in the middle of the selection process, Illinois' budget negotiations were such a mess and so many cuts were planned, I didn't bat an eye when she said no to NIU. Even though her current school is costing me ALOT more, I recall feeling NIU, or any of the regional Illinois schools, was a bad idea....I pushed her to look at Ball State and Wisconsin schools, in large part as they are funded well (especially Wisconsin schools).

Thing is, even me, a NIU grad and supporter, got spooked away by that mess when it came to my kid. And ended up learning Wisconsin schools are a pretty good deal and funded. Not that she went there.

Here's to hoping for the best, a bigger rebound in the years to come, but man do I understand why enrollment is down all over in this state.
09-12-2017 07:28 PM
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Advice:

You should look at the specific department a student is interested in at NIU....and not budget cuts...Many NIU departments are better than similar departments at a lot of Wisconsin schools....ask the specific department who is hiring their graduates and what salaries they are making before deciding to go elsewhere....

The top majors on campus are not being cut and will always exist due to their success in placing graduates........These departments "fund themselves".
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09-12-2017 09:09 PM
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ISU freshman enrollment is down 9.3 percent.

http://wglt.org/post/freshman-enrollment...y#stream/0

Surprising that NIU's jumped given the terrible budget climate.
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09-13-2017 11:20 AM
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The most impressive part is that NIU got a larger freshman class AND improved the academic profile of the class. It would've been easy to bring in more freshmen by lowering academic standards but that's not the case here.

Quote:Continuing a trend of improving academic profiles, the incoming class posted the highest mean grade-point average in more than a decade at 3.28.
09-13-2017 12:11 PM
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(09-13-2017 11:20 AM)Max Power Wrote:  ISU freshman enrollment is down 9.3 percent.

http://wglt.org/post/freshman-enrollment...y#stream/0

Surprising that NIU's jumped given the terrible budget climate.

It needs to be pointed out that ISU had three record freshmen classes in a row until this decrease. For the current year ISU added 3,352 new freshmen compared to our 1,852.
09-13-2017 12:40 PM
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(09-13-2017 12:40 PM)niu79 Wrote:  
(09-13-2017 11:20 AM)Max Power Wrote:  ISU freshman enrollment is down 9.3 percent.

http://wglt.org/post/freshman-enrollment...y#stream/0

Surprising that NIU's jumped given the terrible budget climate.

It needs to be pointed out that ISU had three record freshmen classes in a row until this decrease. For the current year ISU added 3,352 new freshmen compared to our 1,852.

03-shhhh don't burst our bubble with stupid numbers!
09-13-2017 12:43 PM
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