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Heartland sees increase in new students

September 21, 2021

Heartland Community College has seen an increase in new undergrad students for the 2021-2022 school year as well as increases in minority student enrollment and non-traditional (25 and older) students. 

Enrollment numbers at Census Day (the 10th day of classes) show an increase of 23 percent in the number of undergraduate students new to Heartland and an increase of 11 percent in credit hours. 

The enrollment of 1,425 new students returned Heartland to pre-pandemic numbers. 

“Community colleges across the nation and in Illinois continue struggle with the impact the pandemic has had on enrollment; however, what is encouraging about our numbers at Heartland this Fall is our growth in new students. This bodes well for the future,” said Sarah Diel-Hunt, Vice President, Enrollment and Student Services. 

 

New Undergraduate students

2020

2021

Percentage

Unduplicated Headcount

1,176

1,452

+ 23.6%

Credit Hours

13,475

14,954

+ 11.0%

  

Overall Enrollment

2020

2021

Percentage

Unduplicated Headcount

4,325

4,436

+2.5

Credit Hours

38,721

38,460

- 0.7

 

The College also saw an 18 percent increase of students returning to Heartland after an absence of one or more semesters away. 

“Within the encouraging numbers of new students overall, we saw an increase in minority new student enrollment of approximately 40 percent over 2020,” said Diel-Hunt. “We also saw a 32 percent increase in new students age 25 and older. As we continue our strategic enrollment management efforts we hope to see these trends continue as the College adds new Work Ready certification programs targeted at those in the community seeking to change or advance their career opportunities.” 

The 10-day census numbers reflect student enrollment after the add/drop period for credit classes has ended. A number of Adult Education and Continuing Education classes begin at a different point of the academic year.

Written by: Steve Fast