Administrators attribute the decline to smaller junior and senior classes.
That’s up nearly 1,000 from the first day of fall classes last year.
Most programs on the campus are experiencing double-digit increases.
About 7,600 freshmen are admitted for the fall semester.
University officials credit heavy interest from neighboring Illinois.
The number of international students rose to 624 from 565.
School leaders expect a record enrollment near 33,000, but won’t release official numbers until later this week.
A new degree program is helping what is expected to be another year of record freshman enrollment at the University.
“We cannot continue to take more and more students while state support declines”
School officials anticipate a fall undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,300 first-year students.