When we talk about NIU enrollment we are usually referring to the enrollment at all four campuses, which is the number NIU must report to the state.
With a drop of 4.9% as we had this year, a lot of questions come up. Hypothetically speaking, what if DeKalb had lost 10% but nobody knew because growth at other campuses made up for it?
I requested a more detailed breakdown under the Freedom of Information Act and was denied. During the subsequent review by the Public Access Counselor of the denial, however, counsel for NIU offered these numbers:
|DeKalb Only||21, 685||21, 374||20, 825||20, 005||19, 012|
|1, 561||2, 040||1, 974||2, 028||2, 029|
|Totals||24, 397||24, 424||23, 850||22, 990||21, 869|
“Other/Multiple Locations” means there are about 2,000 students who attend classes on more than one campus, and for whatever reason NIU assigns them to none. Leaving room for speculation is not ideal, but this is more information than we had before so to me it was worth the effort.