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Sept. 14, 2005
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EMU freshman class makes grade as best academically in school history

YPSILANTI - There is good news and great news as far as Eastern Michigan University enrollment for 2005 is concerned.

            The good news is that every new student category saw an increase for fall 2005.

            The great news is that with the increase in the number of students, there is also an increase in the academic quality of students.

            “This is the best freshman class we have ever had academically,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services at EMU.

            McAnuff said that there was a 17-percent increase in the freshman students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and a reduction in the number of students below 3.0. There also are 62 high school valedictorians with GPAs of 4.0 or better, said McAnuff.

            McAnuff said the reason for the increase in the academic quality wasn’t accidental.

            “We put together an aggressive campaign to go after them,” McAnuff said.

            Another history-making moment for the University had to do with an increase in applications.

            “We saw a 21-percent increase in applications for freshmen and surpassed the 10,000 application mark for the first time ever,” said McAnuff.

            Transfer students increased by 5 percent while new graduate students increased by 9 percent. There were also significant increases in the number of students coming to EMU from Ohio and Illinois.

            McAnuff said the addition of a second recruiter in Ohio and the hiring of a recruiter for Illinois, along with increased marketing in these areas, were the primary reasons for the increases. The number of Ohio students increased 75 percent, from 144 in 2004 to 252 this year. Students from Illinois attending EMU increased 124 percent, from 17 to 38.

            Overall, approximately 5,581 new students will attend EMU this fall. McAnuff projected the total enrollment at EMU to be 24,000 students for fall 2005.

            “It’s safe to say that the entire University community played a role in our success,” McAnuff said. “We are very pleased because this means that EMU will have a stable financial base for 2005.”

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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