Illinois College sees increase in enrollment, again


Total undergraduate enrollment for the fall semester at Illinois College has increased 3.4 percent from the previous academic year. On the 10th day of classes, the traditional benchmark for student enrollment figures, the student body stands at 970 undergraduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year, the highest number of students enrolled since 2007.

Stephanie Elpers Chipman, vice president of enrollment and college marketing at Illinois College, said high quality academic programs and dedicated faculty are attracting more students to the college. In a year when many colleges and universities in Illinois experienced lower enrollments, Illinois College was able to increase the size of enrollment, the diversity of the student body and the academic profile of the first-year class. Twenty-six percent of all first year students have self-identified as being persons of color. In addition, the average high school GPA of the incoming students is 3.51; and 30 percent hail from the top 10 percent of their class with 12 valedictorians in the group.

“This is the brightest, most diverse first-year class we’ve had in recent years, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to campus,” she says. “Our admission counselors are continually sharing the story of Illinois College – and it’s a great history. Their success in bringing new students to campus reflects the high value of an outstanding liberal arts education.”

Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer concurs, “Over the last several years, Illinois College has improved the academic experience for all of its students, increased campus diversity and is clearly focused on student success. Our increasing enrollment numbers and the positive recognition the college is receiving in college rankings and among foundations is compelling evidence that Illinois College is well positioned to claim its place among our nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges.”

Illinois College enrollment* notes and numbers:
285 – Number of incoming students to the Class of 2016
50 – Transfer students new to Illinois College
970 – Total enrollment for fall semester
3.4% –  Increase in enrollment compared to 2011-2012
148 – Number of first-year, first-generation students
$3.7m – Scholarships awarded to incoming first-year students by Illinois College
86 – Number of incoming first-year students in their high school National Honor Society
3 – Number of incoming first-year students who are Eagle Scouts
18 – Number of states from which incoming first-year students hail
8 – Number of countries incoming first-year students call home
40% – First-year students having participated in the arts
1500 – Number of community services hours logged by first-year students during Welcome Week
*2012–2013 Illinois College academic year

Illinois College has 17 students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education degree program. This graduate level program is aligned with National Board Certification standards and principles. The graduates of the program can elect to pursue National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and be ready for Ed.D. or Ph.D. study.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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