URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- A published report
says that 25 percent of University of Illinois undergraduates at the flagship
campus are from outside Illinois, which is a departure from years past when
officials pledged to limit out-of-state enrollment.
In 2006 when the university announced plans
to enroll more students from outside Illinois,
there was public outcry and the plan was dropped. Officials said they'd limit
out-of-state enrollment to roughly 12 percent.
Enrollment at the Urbana-Champaign campus is nearly 32,000, more than
3,500 students a decade ago. But there are 200 fewer from Illinois while the number of international
students -- who pay more tuition -- skyrocketed.
The Tribune reports the university is accepting more out-of-staters and Illinois students are
increasingly turning down admission.