Distance Education Enrollments
Illinois 4-Year Colleges and Universities
Fall Term 2021

Executive Summary

The state of Illinois greatly appreciates the cooperative effort of all Illinois colleges and universities and in submitting the distance education course enrollment data for this report.


Online Courses Enrollments (Internet and Blended)
Illinois colleges and universities reported 415,185 enrollments in internet and blended courses that account for 99.22 % of all enrollments during the Fall 2021 term.

Online Course Enrollments by Sector
Public universities accounted for 62.98 %, independent not-for-profit institutions accounted for 15.83 % and independent for-profit institutions accounted for 18.72 % of online enrollments for the Fall 2021 term.

Blended Courses Enrollments
All Illinois institutions now provide data on blended courses. The data shows 43,103 enrollments that account for 10.30 % of all enrollments for Fall 2021. The definition used for blended during this term is 25-75% of the course at a distance or via an online modality.

Enrollments in Online Courses

This graph shows online (internet and blended) course enrollments reported by Illinois colleges and universities from Fall 2012 term to Fall 2021 term.

Online Enrollments by Sector

Note: No community college data was submitted for Fall 2021

Public University Enrollment
Public universities reported offering 263,563 enrollments, accounting for 62.98 % of all online course enrollments.

Independent For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Independent for-profit colleges and universities reported offering 78,354 enrollments, accounting for 18.72 % of all online course enrollments.

Independent Not-For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Independent not-for-profit colleges and universities reported 66,225 enrollments, accounting for 15.83 % of all online course enrollments.

Institutions With the Largest Online Enrollments
The Illinois institutions reporting the largest online course enrollments during the Fall 2021 term in each sector of higher education in Illinois were:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (136,621) from the public universities.

DeVry University (77,483) from the Private For-Profit Universities.

DePaul University (25,268) from the Private Not-For-Profit Universities.


Online Enrollments by Residency

The vast majority of all online course enrollments reported by Illinois public colleges and universities were from students residing in the state. Independent colleges and universities had a majority of online student course enrollments living in the USA, but outside of Illinois.

The residency of students enrolled in online courses varied by sector, with Private Not for Profit Universities having the highest percentage of Illinois residents (77.69 %), followed by the Public Universities (73.08 %).

Appendix

The following tables show several different views of the course enrollments in distance education for the Fall 2021 term.

Table 1 Distance Education Enrollments by Delivery Mode
Table 2 Distance Education Enrollments by Sector
Table 3 Distance Education Enrollments by Sector and Delivery Mode
Table 4 Distance Education Enrollments by Delivery Mode - 2012 to 2021
Table 5 Distance Education Enrollments by Institution and Delivery Mode


Table 1
Distance Education Enrollments
at Illinois Colleges and Universities
by Delivery Mode
Fall Term 2021
     
Delivery Mode # of Enrollments % of Total
Internet 372,082 88.92 %
Blended 43,103 10.30 %
Interactive TV 3,267 0.78 %
Correspondence 3 0.00 %
Total 418,455 100.00%


Table 2
Distance Education Enrollments
at Illinois Colleges and Universities
by Sector
Fall Term 2021
         
  Internet and Blended All Distance Education
Private For-Profit Universities 78,354 18.87 % 78,354 18.72 %
Private Not-For-Profit Universities 66,225 15.95 % 66,225 15.83 %
Private Universities 7,043 1.70 % 7,043 1.68 %
Public Universities 263,563 63.48 % 266,833 63.77 %
All Institutions  415,185 100.00% 418,455 100.00%


Table 3
Distance Education Enrollments
at Illinois Colleges and Universities
by Sector and Delivery Mode
Fall Term 2021
 
Sector Internet Blended Stored
Media
Interactive
TV
Corresp. Total
Private For-Profit Universities 77,483 871 0 0 0 78,354
Private Not-For-Profit Universities 49,762 16,463 0 0 0 66,225
Private Universities 7,043 0 0 0 0 7,043
Public Universities 237,794 25,769 0 3,267 3 266,833
All Institutions  372,082 43,103 0 3,267 3 418,455


Table 4
Distance Education Enrollments
at Illinois Colleges and Universities
by Delivery Mode - 2012 to 2021
 
Term Internet Blended Stored
Media
Interactive
TV
Corresp. Total
Fall 2012 254,300 10,991 0 0 745 273,141
Spring/Winter 2012 265,359 0 0 0 932 276,278
Summer 2012 199,662 0 0 0 354 202,794
Fall 2013 233,326 16,557 0 0 402 255,678
Spring/Winter 2013 231,771 10,689 0 0 786 249,578
Summer 2013 179,843 4,009 0 0 613 186,499
Fall 2014 282,505 40,891 0 0 374 329,475
Spring/Winter 2014 242,179 14,317 0 0 833 262,948
Summer 2014 233,461 16,994 0 0 690 252,801
Fall 2015 302,870 44,973 0 0 361 351,728
Spring/Winter 2015 306,180 40,925 0 0 398 351,936
Summer 2015 237,535 16,840 0 0 67 255,725
Fall 2016 301,599 43,407 0 0 69 348,543
Spring/Winter 2016 318,183 44,342 0 0 128 366,670
Summer 2016 243,733 18,367 0 0 77 263,212
Fall 2017 327,254 41,725 0 0 145 373,046
Spring/Winter 2017 316,759 46,409 0 0 145 366,983
Summer 2017 250,566 14,697 0 0 63 266,177
Fall 2018 258,655 45,153 0 0 126 306,535
Spring/Winter 2018 273,856 43,316 0 0 120 320,663
Summer 2018 196,108 14,476 0 0 58 211,132
Fall 2019 288,296 49,644 0 0 108 341,650
Spring/Winter 2019 280,240 45,290 0 0 147 328,641
Summer 2019 190,215 14,558 0 0 75 205,788
Fall 2020 1,105,857 103,141 0 0 70 1,242,323
Spring/Winter 2020 304,175 49,075 0 0 90 355,296
Summer 2020 290,867 9,206 0 0 36 301,358
Fall 2021 * 372,082 43,103 0 0 3 418,455
Spring/Winter 2021 * 682,949 33,276 0 0 6 719,541
Summer 2021 * 180,307 3,588 0 0 5 183,925

*No Community College data was provided.

 

 

Table 5
Distance Education Enrollments
at Illinois Colleges and Universities
by Institution and Delivery Mode
Fall Term 2021
 
Institution Internet Blended Stored
Media
Interactive TV Corresp. Total
Benedictine University 7,043 0 0 0 0 7,043
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing 144 0 0 0 0 144
Bradley University 2,862 541 0 0 0 3,403
Chicago State University 322 944 0 0 0 1,266
DePaul University 25,268 3,395 0 0 0 28,663
DeVry University 77,483 871 0 0 0 78,354
Eastern Illinois University 6,769 9,162 0 0 0 15,931
Elmhurst University 2,435 786 0 0 0 3,221
Governors State University 457 51 0 0 0 508
Illinois State University 11,180 3,805 0 0 0 14,985
Judson College 266 489 0 0 0 755
Lewis University 4,818 1,975 0 0 0 6,793
Moody Bible Institute 2,263 753 0 0 0 3,016
Northeastern Illinois University 7,469 3,301 0 0 0 10,770
Northern Illinois University 22,023 6,578 0 0 0 28,601
Olivet Nazarene University 1,110 75 0 0 0 1,185
Quincy University 1,766 0 0 0 0 1,766
Rosalind Franklin University 394 5,608 0 0 0 6,002
Rush University 3,722 1,042 0 0 0 4,764
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 8,506 551 0 0 0 9,057
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 22,161 0 0 0 0 22,161
University of Illinois at Chicago 1,071 6 0 0 0 1,077
University of Illinois at Springfield 8,600 873 0 0 0 9,473
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 136,621 0 0 0 0 136,621
University of St. Francis 4,714 1,799 0 0 0 6,513
Western Illinois University 12,615 498 0 3,267 3 16,383
All Institutions  372,082 43,103 0 3,267 3 418,455