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The Holmes Student Center stands beyond the Balance of Equality statue on a chilly winter day in MLK Commons. The 4.2% decrease in graduate enrollment between spring 2023 and spring 2024 is negatively impactful. (Northern Star File Photo)

Decreasing graduate enrollment negatively impacts NIU

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor | February 18, 2024

NIU has historically focused on retaining and recruiting undergraduate students. While focusing on undergraduate retention and recruitment is important, graduate students remain vital to NIU’s campus and community. Students continually worry about...

NIU President Lisa Freeman (center) discussing student involvement in NIUs Greek Life beside Associate Director for Institutional Communications, Joe King, during her meeting with the Northern Star on Monday at her office in Altgeld Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

President Freeman talks tenure changes and more in university goals

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman’s university goals, which the Board of Trustees will use to evaluate her performance at the end of 2023, spoke about future standards – including broadening the criteria for tenure. “I think we believe that...

NIU’s Fall 2022 semester shows a downward trend in overall student enrollment.

NIU’s student body shrinks, record amount first-year enrollment

By Colin Kempsell | September 14, 2022

DeKALB — With NIU’s fall semester in full swing, an overall decrease in enrolled students for the year left the first-year student body to set a new record for enrollment. The student body decreased by 3.6% from Fall 2021, while first-year enrollment...

Columnist Angelina Padilla-Tompkins believes NIU can do more for their transfer students.

Upcoming enrollment plan focuses on issues relating to students

By Ally Formeller | February 28, 2022
Vice President of Enrollment collaborated with SGA to revise the Strategic Enrollment Plan to focus more on students and campus-wide issues.
The Dark Art and Oddities Con will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.

Enrollment increase is a positive sign for university

By Jack Baudoin | October 1, 2020

Many things have changed thanks to the global pandemic, and school is certainly one of them. When in person classes were stopped at the beginning of the pandemic, it was unclear just how much this would affect education in the country. In terms of NIU,...

Enrollment can increase by encouraging students to start at NIU

By Jack Baudoin | February 9, 2020

Going away to college is something a lot of people dream of. Every year, students around the world apply to and enroll at different universities. Despite this, NIU’s enrollment is dropping every year. If the university hopes to break this trend, it...

Enrollment low due to tuition costs

By Payton Higgins | October 2, 2019

A 2019 fall headcount places enrollment at just 16,609 students, a 3% decline from last year and the lowest it has been in 41 years, according to the NIU data book. A fall 2018 student census found that the total enrollment was 17,169 — almost a 600...

Administration plans to combat falling enrollment with branding, targeted recruitment, equity

By Noah Thornburgh | July 12, 2019

The administration responded to falling higher education enrollment in Illinois with a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, a five-year, three-goal plan laying out a timeline to bolster enrollment.Sol Jensen, vice president of enrollment management,...

Pritzker plans to conquer higher education struggle by targeting enrollment

By Sophia Mullowney | January 28, 2019

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has plans for addressing enrollment in higher education, and students can anticipate an increase in financial aid opportunities.The governor announced a threefold plan for Illinois education reform, targeting increasing college...

Board approves negotiating $20M partnership

By Jessie Kern | January 14, 2019

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees voted Wednesday and unanimously approved NIU entering into a partnership with Wiley Education Services—once final terms are negotiated—with the goal of expanding enrollment for online programs. The partnership’s...

Physical Plants flood cleanup applauded I want to congratulate and thank the staff of the NIU Physical Plant for all they have done and are continuing to do in the aftermath of campus flooding. They have been working around the clock to get all classrooms and office space on campus ready for the start of classes. The Art Building was particularly hard-hit, and the crews are continuing their efforts to ready the classrooms for later this week. I am deeply humbled by their dedication and tireless efforts. My hats off to all involved in the massive cleanup effort. Rich Holly Acting director, School of Art

Letter to the Editor: Student Enrollment

By Kevin Nedberg | September 19, 2018

Enrollment in university always has and always will be a struggle, and I think most institutions recognize that. However, I think NIU should pat itself on the back for the efforts made to both stabilize and increase our enrollment.I do, however, think...