The University of Illinois at Chicago enrolled a record 29,120 students on its campus, surpassing last year’s figures with a record number of Latino students making up the new freshman class, according to enrollment statistics.
The fall enrollment figures include a 2.2 percent increase from the fall of 2015 to 17,959 undergraduate students at UIC. The number of undergraduate students who transferred to UIC this fall jumped to 1,958, a nearly 25 percent increase from last year’s figures.
“We’ve seen record enrollment for the second year in a row. This is a testament to the quality of our faculty and the breadth of our programs of study,” said Susan Poser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The fact that so many students are choosing UIC reinforces what has been true for years — that UIC is a destination university because of its top-notch education, location and value.”
Total enrollment for fall semester, including continuing education and online students climbed to 29,120, up .2 percent from last year’s 29,048 students, based on enrollment as of Sept. 2, the 10th day of classes. The 10-day figures are the traditional benchmark for enrollment data among U.S. colleges and universities.
The number of Latinos in the freshman class jumped by 9 percent compared to last year’s numbers, with 1,272 students making up 38.46 percent of the freshman class.
Latinos also accounted for nearly 28 percent of the total 1,958 of student transfers. The number of Asian Students transferring to UIC increased by 84 and African American students transferring to UIC also increased by 46, compared to last year’s figures.
The total student body continues to reflect UIC’s commitment to diversity, with a racial and ethnic makeup that is 36.2 percent white, 22.6 percent Hispanic/Latino, 18.6 percent Asian and 8 percent African American.
Among undergraduate and graduate students, the College of Business Administration showed the largest enrollment gains, according to figures.
The College of Business Administration had 3,606 students enrolled, according to the latest figures, up by 240 students in 2015. Undergraduate students were responsible for the entire increase in the college’s enrollment as the number of graduate students remained flat from the year before.
by Carlos Sandovi