Enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield has surpassed 5,400 for the first time in the school's history. 300 more students are on campus this fall compared to a year ago.
The fall census of students eclipsed the previous record set four years ago with 5,431 students enrolled. It also marks the fifth consecutive year that enrollment has topped 5,000.
The number of international students increased more than 115 percent, to 827 this fall.
Chancellor Susan Koch also said more students are living on campus this semester and campus housing is more than 97 percent occupied, reflecting efforts to ``enhance student life on campus.''
It also illustrates the need for more student housing on or near campus, she said, adding that the university is working with developers on housing plans.