Eastern Illinois University data show that enrollment for the fall semester is down by about 5 percent but it's the school's lowest decline from fall-to-fall in six years.
The Charleston school's fall enrollment is 7,030 students, down from 7,415 students in fall 2016. The (Charleston) Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal-Gazette report that the Charleston school also reported Friday that enrollment of traditional transfer students increased 19 percent.
EIU also saw a 30 percent increase in first-time domestic graduate students and a 2 percent increase in international undergraduate students. Eastern's freshman retention rates increased by an additional 4 percent.
EIU officials cite several factors for 2017 enrollment numbers including the two-year state budget impasse, fewer high school graduates available to be recruited and a statewide decrease in overall higher education enrollment.