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Enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield has surpassed 5,400 for the first time in the school's history, officials said.

Reports indicate the fall census of 5,431 students eclipsed the previous record of 5,174 set in 2010, and 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.

"One of our highest priorities has been growing our enrollment and we are pleased with this fall's census," UIS Chancellor Susan Koch said.

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.

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