A record 4,875 students graduated from Illinois State in 2016-19, the university announced Monday.
The school also said it’s the largest university graduating students from Illinois since 2011.
The record high comes in the midst of an economic downturn that has caused students to leave the state to pursue careers elsewhere.
The Illinois State System of Higher Education said it is working with Illinois State to help students prepare for the economy.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has seen its graduation rate jump by almost 60 percent since 2010, the school said in a statement Monday.
Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 4.4 million students nationwide were graduating with degrees in education, with nearly two-thirds of those graduating from high schools.
Illinois State University is the largest U.A.E. college system in the nation, with more than 12,000 undergraduates and nearly 1,000 graduate students, the system said.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also has nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
It’s the first time the University of Chicago has seen such a huge increase in student numbers since 2008, when the Chicago Teachers Union took over the university.
Illinois State has about 11,400 students, according to the university’s website.