Office for University Relations

NEWS RELEASE, August 26, 2012

 U of I freshman applications reach all-time high

Nearly 48,000 applied for about 10,200 seats; classes start Monday

A record number of prospective freshmen applied to the three University of Illinois campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield for the fall 2012 semester, with over four times more applications than available seats, the University reported Sunday.

University-wide, nearly 48,000 applications were received for about 10,200 seats in the freshman class, up by nearly 2,800 – or 6 percent – from a year ago.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27, on all three of the University’s campuses. Official enrollment figures will not be reported until mid-September, but enrollment has risen to all-time highs for several years, including a record 77,635 students university-wide last fall.

The record applications reflect the value of a U. of I. education, as prospective students weigh costs, quality of academic programs and the success of its graduates, according to University of Illinois President Robert Easter.

“There is no better barometer of our academic excellence and value than students who have their pick of schools across the country, and who choose the University of Illinois as their springboard as they pursue their dreams and careers,” Easter said.

The Urbana-Champaign campus received a record 31,454 applications for about 6,900 seats in this fall’s freshman class, with an across-the-board increase among in-state, out-of-state and international applicants. A record 1,553 students applied for about 300 seats on the Springfield campus, and the Chicago campus reported a near-record 14,976 applications for about 2,900 seats.

Last fall, total enrollment at the campuses, respectively, was 44,407 at Urbana; 28,091 at UIC; and 5,137 at UIS.

“The University of Illinois is an exceptional educational value, awarding nearly 19,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually,” Easter said. “This fulfillment of our teaching mission is one of the many reasons the U. of I. serves as an indispensable asset for the people of Illinois.”