NORMAL, Ill. — Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University say their enrollments are down this fall.
The announcements came Wednesday as some state universities brace for the possibility of enrollment declines due to Illinois’ budget crisis.
Western said enrollment dropped by 721 students to 10,373. But the school’s freshman class is 1,527. That’s only eight less than a year ago.
According to The Daily Chronicle, (http://bit.ly/2ce7s8m ) Northern Illinois’ enrollment is down 5.5 percent to 19,015.
Earlier this week Southern Illinois University said its enrollment is down 7.5 percent while Illinois State reported an enrollment increase of 1.1 percent to 21,039.
With no budget in place the state went most of last school year without providing money for universities before agreeing to partial funding. Some schools said applications fell as a result.