Despite pandemic, Eastern Illinois reports 10.5% fall enrollment gain

The university says a targeted approach focused on local students and showing steady growth are helping bring new students on board

Against the backdrop of a re-imagined, safety-focused campus experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Illinois University said its fall 2020 enrollment numbers jumped 10.5% year-over-year.

It marks the third consecutive year of growth in institutional enrollment, fueled by increases in continuing, dual-credit, freshman, and graduate students. Eastern Illinois has also seen an increase in its admission of high-achieving students. Meanwhile, the university is also happy to see a payoff from its marketing efforts that have led to a 4.1 percent increase in new freshman within 60 miles of the University.

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