SIUE sets record spring enrollment

By Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat

SIU-Edwardsville has the largest spring enrollment in the university’s history this year. Spring semester enrollment is 13,346 undergraduate and graduate students, of which 10,214 are full-time students.

That’s the highest total and the highest number of full-time students ever enrolled in the spring in SIUE’s history.

Enrollment figures for the Carbondale campus will be released on Tuesday. 


At SIUE, traditional undergraduate enrollment is up 281 students or 2.6 percent over last spring’s enrollment. All undergraduate schools have seen increases individually:

— College of Arts and Sciences is up 197 students, or 8 percent.

— School of Education, Health and Human Behavior is up 83 students, or 7 percent.

— School of Business is up 70 students, or 6 percent.

— School of Engineering is up 40 students, or 3 percent.

— School of Nursing is up 201 students, or 17 percent.

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International enrollment stands at 425 students, a 5 percent increase over last spring and the highest since spring 2004. 

“Considering the highly competitive higher education marketplace, I’m proud of the tireless effort by the enrollment, advising and marketing staffs working cooperatively with the faculty and entire campus community to achieve our recruitment goals,” said SIUE interim chancellor Stephen Hansen. “It reflects the fact that SIUE provides an excellent environment that enables students to learn and grow.”

Last spring’s enrollment was another record-breaker: 10,153 full-time and 13,178 total students enrolled in spring 2015, the highest number to that point. In addition, online enrollment is up 35 percent, which officials attributed to the recognition of SIUE’s online “RN to BS” program for nursing students.

Overall, nearly 12 percent of SIUE’s credit hours will be in online classes, compared with 8 percent last spring.

SIUE has had steady enrollment growth for many years, and the fall 2015 class was another record-breaker.

“It appears that our retention efforts as well as initiatives to expand international student recruitment and offer online programs are being successful,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management.

The fall-to-spring retention rate for freshmen was 90 percent, Belobrajdic said.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald


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