Pictured: A campus entrance marker for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, located at the intersection of Wright Street and University Avenue in Urbana, Illinois. Photo by Beyond My Ken, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
CHICAGO – Illinois’ undergraduate rate has dropped by more than 11 percent from 2019 to 2022. Axios reported college enrollment has been declining for nearly a decade with the pandemic accelerating the trend.
For Illinois, the biggest losses came from two-year and community colleges, with the College of DuPage seeing a drop of nearly 15 percent.
However, at four-year institutions, the trend differs with rises in enrollement, with the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign gaining its biggest freshman class ever in 2021-2022, including 700 undergraduates from 2019 to 2021 for a total of 34,559.