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Aug. 31 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU offers admission to 'displaced' students

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University officials announced this morning that they are prepared to offer immediate guest admission to students whose studies have been interrupted as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

            “We have received calls from desperate parents whose children were scheduled to start or return to universities affected by the hurricane,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. “We want to be responsive to these parents and students by providing an opportunity for them to start or continue their studies without losing one or two semesters.”

            McAnuff said guest student admissions are nothing new for EMU, so it can respond to these students immediately. “Each year we have a couple hundred guest students who take classes at EMU and then transfer credits back to their home institutions.  Our academic advisers are prepared to work with students to help them get the classes they need,” McAnuff said.

            The University also is prepared to provide on-campus housing for students and to help with financial aid. “Hurricane Katrina left devastation in her wake. If we can help just one student avoid being another victim, we want to,” McAnuff said.

            Students should call 800.GO-TO-EMU for specific information regarding admission to the University for students affected by the hurricane.

 “They will get priority service,” McAnuff said. “The fall semester starts Wednesday, Sept. 7, so students still have time to get admitted, get housing and have a day or so to get settled before classes begin.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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