Enrollment falls at Northern Illinois University

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Statistics show enrollment is down at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

The Daily Chronicle reports 22,990 students were counted at NIU this fall. That's compared with 23,850 students during the same time last year. That's a difference of 860 students.

The new figures were released days after NIU President John Peters said he hopes to increase enrollment by 25 percent in less than nine years. Peters wants NIU to have 30,000 students by 2020.

NIU officials blame the lower enrollment on economic troubles and an uncertain employment outlook for teachers.

New student enrollment this fall is 5,161 students. That includes freshmen and transfer students. Graduate enrollment at NIU is 5,365 and the law school has about 320 students.


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  • by Karen Location: Northern Illinois on Sep 12, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    If economic troubles are the issue, why does NIU continue to raise tuition every year? Employment outlook for teachers?? That's ridiculous - there will always be a need for teachers. I think NIU needs to seriously look at how TOP HEAVY they have become! NIU needs to also look at what the community colleges are offering - their enrollment is up! This has nothing to do with uncertainty in employment for teachers, they are out of their mind if they think this is why enrollment is down. NIU is no longer about the Students, it's about a salary for the Administrative staff. Look into the Administrative staff under Pres. Peters - versus 10 years ago! Economic troubles - Lower tuition and freeze it through these economic times, doesn't take a PHD to know this!
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