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In Person Enrollment Drops at WIU Quad Cities

Western Illinois University

Enrollment at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University continues to decline.

Dr. Amber Schultz is WIU's new Vice President of Enrollment Management. She says this semester, 366 new students will attend classes in person at the Moline campus, a drop of 81 since last fall. That does not include online enrollment or "distance" learning.

Enrollment this fall in the Quad Cities is 916 compared to 1,089 a year ago.

She recently met with Quad Cities faculty and staff to discuss how to improve local enrollment.

Western's goal is to increase enrollment 20% by 2027.

Schultz says total enrollment at both WIU campuses is nearly steady at 7,455 this fall. And she says it's the first time in 14 years without a significant decline.

Five years ago, Western's website shows total enrollment of 10,373 students.

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