Report: NIU enrollment drops 5 percent since last spring

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Northern Illinois University enrollment is down more than 5 percent since last spring.

Nearly 1,000 fewer students are attending NIU now compared to this time last year, according to a report​ from the school.

A NIU spokesperson tells 23 News the drop was consistent with the 5 percent decline from the fall semester in the same timeframe. NIU reports 15,755 students are enrolled this spring.

NIU recently released its five-year Strategic Enrollment Management Plan in an effort to attract and retain students. The plan​ looks to increase diversity and expand online education opportunities in hopes to increase enrollment up to 17,0000-18,000 by 2023.

"When we released our five-year Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, we expect that total enrollment will decline for another year or so before starting to climb again,” said Sol Jensen, NIU Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications.

NIU's undergraduate enrollment has decreased by more than 800 student,s or 6.7 percent, since spring 2018. Graduate enrollment has dropped 2 percent and law school enrollment has dropped around 5 percent.