Southern Illinois University Carbondale has seen another decrease in enrollment for this year’s fall semester, but data reveals an increase in underclassman retention rate. The total number of students enrolled at the university stands at 11,695, this is a decrease of 8.75% from this time last year. University officials say, the decline in enrollment was less than anticipated. Officials also say, transfers and graduate students stayed relatively flat, while the number of new, first-time students decreased by fewer than 100 to 1,037, which is an 8.47 percent decline. There was also an increase in the incoming students ACT scores from 23.65 percent to 24.4 percent this is a 4% increase from last year. Incoming freshman and junior college transfers come from 42 states and 20 different countries and the majority of majors of these students include animal science, automotive technology, aviation flight, biological sciences, among others.