Despite budget battles in Illinois, a state university is seeing its numbers soar.
Illinois State University is celebrating another record-breaking year for enrollment.
This year’s freshman class has more than 3,600 students.
That’s the university’s largest freshman class in the past 27 years.
ISU is also seeing more transfer and graduate students.
“While the state of Illinois may be having financial difficulties and Illinois State University certainly has some financial challenges, enrollment is one of the reasons tat we are stable and strong whenever some other institutions are having some difficulty,” says ISU President Larry Dietz.
This year’s freshman class is smart, too. They have an average ACT score of 24, with more than 200 of them scoring a 30 or higher.