FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 4, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
EMU Fall Enrollment Could be Biggest,
Smartest in School History
YPSILANTI Eastern Michigan Universitys 5,916 new students
for fall 2003 have only been in class a couple of days, but if the numbers hold,
they will have already distinguished themselves in the EMU history books.
This is the strongest academic class in the history of EMU and, if the
numbers stay on course, this class will be the largest in EMUs history,
said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services.
EMU saw increases in every category of new students that comprises fall enrollment.
Compared to last years class, the number of first-time students increased
by 2 percent to 2,761; transfer students increased 6 percent to 1,790; and the
number of new graduate students increased 3 percent to 1,369.
The number of new freshman students from Ohio attending EMU rose 7 percent
to 216, and the number of new international students making EMU their choice
increased 1 percent to 261.
McAnuff said that the projected final enrollment is 25,200 students, or an
overall increase of 4 percent. Currently, enrollment is 900 students ahead of
last year at the same time.
And while some forgo quality for quantity, the new EMU students are showing
a dramatic increase in grade point average.
We saw a 16 percent increase in the number of students with a 3.5 grade
point average or higher, McAnuff said.
When adding 3.0 3.49 GPA students registering in fall 2003, the increase
is 18 percent compared to fall 2002.
That has translated into an increase of 3.17 percent in total credit hours
generated at EMU. Last year EMU students took 255,786 credit hours. This year,
that total is expected to top 259,853 hours.
McAnuff attributes the across-the-board increases to return on investment.
The University has invested significantly in recruitment, marketing and,
most importantly, scholarship aid. We have seen a multi-million dollar increase
in general fund scholarships, he said.
The growth in enrollment could not have come at better time, considering the
state of Michigans economy and budget cuts in higher education.
This is critical enrollment growth that can help the University offset
an almost $10 million reduction in state appropriation, McAnuff said.
If there are no additional cuts from the state, we should be able to maintain
Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive metropolitan university
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.
Eastern Michigan University was recently named A Best Midwestern College
by Princeton Reviews The Best Midwestern Colleges: 150 Great Schools
to Consider, and a best tuition value by Kaplans Unofficial,
Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges.
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