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Building On Success

by President Susan Martin

Students WalkingThe Fall 2012 incoming class of new undergraduates is the largest in the University’s 163-year history and the largest freshman class in a decade!

The incoming freshman class shows distinctly higher grades than last year, and is more diverse as well. Figures indicate that 725 freshmen had a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher, compared to 532 last fall, an increase of 36 percent. In addition, 877 freshmen earned a high school GPA of 3.0 to 3.49, compared to 663 last year—a 32 percent increase. New undergraduate enrollment for the fall opening term (includes freshmen, transfers and others) totals 5,076—an increase of 6 percent from the previous high of 4,751 in 2001. The freshman class of 2,595 increased by 21 percent from 2,130 last fall. Further evidence of the improved academic standing of students is enrollment in Eastern’s respected Honors College—up from 165 last fall to more than 370 this fall.

As a result of the enrollment gains and the reinvestment in upgrades to campus housing, more students are living on campus. This fall, 1,840 first-time students are living in EMU residence halls and apartments, about a 19 percent increase from last fall’s total of 1,549. Overall, 3,343 students are living in EMU housing this fall, an increase of 11 percent from last year’s total of 3,013. As I begin my fifth year at Eastern, I thank the Board of Regents and all of our students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and supporters for what we have accomplished together in the past four years:

  • Total student headcount has grown from 21,926 to 23,502;
  • After capital improvements of over $200 million, including the $90 million science complex, the renovation of Pray-Harrold and numerous residence halls upgrades, we have a more vibrant campus atmosphere in which to work, live and learn;
  • The endowment is at a record $51,413,003 with completion of “Invest. Inspire. The Campaign for Eastern Michigan University,” which raised $56 million;
  • We have hired over 100 new faculty and authorized 37 searches for next fall;
  • We have kept college affordable by keeping tuition low with an average increase of 2.86 percent over the four years, lowest in the state, and increased financial aid to a high of $35.7 million;
  • In the past two fiscal years we have increased spending on Academic Affairs by $4.7 million, from 52.7 percent of our budget in fiscal year 2011 to 54 percent in fiscal year 2012;
  • We are embarked on strategic planning for the future and will utilize a market analysis and benchmarking studies to inform the strategic plan process this fall.

We have a stable and strong leadership team that loves Eastern. Our future is bright and strong. This is a time of exceptional momentum, growth, pride and excitement on campus, and I thank you for your support and look forward to hearing from you.