While some colleges face slowdown, Knox applications, enrollments rising

From the Chicago Tribune:

The tough economy hasn’t affected enrollment at many of Illinois’ universities — and in some cases may be helping it — according to statistics that show the state is following a national trend of steady increases….

….Although final enrollment figures for this fall won’t be available until next year, many schools say the number of students is up. And some universities have seen sharp jumps in applications.

Enrollment at the University of Illinois‘ three campuses has risen 1 percent, to 71,449, with similar increases at other state schools including Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Illinois State University, and at small private schools such as Bradley University and Knox College.
Those increases reflect a broad national trend of steady growth, said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

“Demand is very strong for higher education,” he said.