Number of Chinese applicants to University of Illinois rises after slump last year

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-12 06:25:58|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CHICAGO, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese students applying for University of Illinois (UI) rose 17.7 percent in 2019 after sharp drop last year, local media reported on Tuesday.

The UI, home to one of the largest Chinese student populations in the United States, received 7,002 applications from China for school year 2019-20, up from 5,950 last year and 6,728 the year before, according to the News Gazette.

Data shows that the number of international freshman applications is 10,876, highest level in at least five years. It had dropped to 9,765 for fall 2018.

Chinese student enrollment for 2018 was 564 at UI, a 21.2 percent drop from 716 in 2017.

It's too soon to say what the final enrollment numbers will be, but "we've seen trends that are much closer to two years ago than last year," the News Gazette cited Kevin Pitts, vice provost for undergraduate education at UI, as saying.

More than 360,000 Chinese nationals study at U.S. universities each year, a third of all international college students in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education.