Semester-to-semester retention rates remained strong, with 88 percent of freshmen and nearly 91 percent of transfer students enrolled at NIU in the fall returning for the spring semester. Those figures match the robust performances of the last several years.
“The strength of those numbers is very encouraging as they demonstrate that students who choose NIU are continuing to find value here and connecting with the university,” said Sol Jensen, NIU vice president for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications.
Law school enrollment was up 3 percent compared to last spring. Graduate school enrollment slipped 6.3 percent compared to a year ago.
Total enrollment for the spring semester stands at 16,673, a dip of 4.7 percent compared to last spring.
“Based upon the 5.1 percent drop in the fall, we would have expected to see the same in the spring,” Jensen said. “So these numbers are actually slightly better than anticipated. It is a subtle but significant point as we look for indications that we are beginning to turn the tide.”