EDWARDSVILLE, Il. (KMOX) – Another area university is celebrating a new record of enrolled students.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville saw 14,142 students register for this fall. Although that number is about 100 students fewer than the all-time high of 2015, it’s above the 14,000 student goal for the university.
In particular, SIUE’s schools of engineering, nursing, education and business all notched record enrollment numbers.
Scott Belograjdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, says offering St. Louis area residents in-state tuition has help recruit potential Missouri college students to Illinois. “Since started offering in-state tuition for St. Louis area residents, we’ve had right around 250 new freshman a year join our entering class from Missouri and about 300 transfers a year,” he says.
When asked if enrollment losses at the University of Missouri – Columbia helped bring students to SIUE, Belograjdic says “It’s very difficult for us to pinpoint how many of those would have gone to the University of Missouri, although we know for the last several years we’ve had significant crossover with the Columbia campus.”
Despite the state’s budget issues, Belograjdic says students haven’t stopped applying and enrolling in the university.
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