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Colleges and Universities

Illinois citizens have a broad array of educational opportunities available through the state's nationally respected system of 9 public universities on 12 campuses, 48 community colleges, 97 independent not-for-profit colleges and universities, and 35 independent for-profit institutions. Enrollments in these institutions have an overall increase -- 3.9% -- in fall 2009 to 892,905 compared with the previous autumn, continuing a pattern of stable enrollments in Illinois colleges and universities since the mid-1990s.

Enrollments at public universities increased by 1.2% in fall 2009 to 204,469, according to preliminary headcounts. Community college enrollments increased 6.4% to 380,025. The number of students at private institutions increased 3.1% in the nonprofit sector, to 231,379, and 1.4% among proprietary institutions, to 77,032. In addition, there were 8,936 Illinois students enrolled in out-of-state institutions with operations in Illinois.

Calculation of a 12-month unduplicated headcount (as opposed to fall enrollment reports) shows more than a million students enrolled in credit coursework at Illinois colleges and universities during the 2008 academic year. A breakdown of 12-month headcounts reveals that enrollments at:

  • Public universities declined 0.6 % to 233,395
  • Community colleges declined 0.3% to 682,607
  • Private nonprofit and for-profit institutions rose 0.4% to 370,406

Note: 12-month unduplicated headcounts from out-of-state institutions are not collected.

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