For Immediate Release:

May 19, 1999

Contact: Pat Mroczek

(734) 487-4440


YPSILANTI &emdash; Officials at Eastern Michigan University are preparing for the largest freshman class in the University's 150-year history and may soon start to place incoming freshmen on an enrollment waiting list. The University will continue to accept applications from transfer and graduate students.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services, said the University has been "projecting and predicting" a record-setting freshman class that is now expected to be more than 2,800 freshmen.

Last year, 2,455 freshmen enrolled at Eastern Michigan.

"The University has been anticipating this enrollment increase," McAnuff said. "We planned for this and are able to accommodate the additional students. Extra classes are being added in freshman English, basic studies and other programs; additional housing on campus has also been arranged.

"And this should be a very good class academically," he explained. McAnuff anticipates there will be 50 valedictorian and salutatorians in the class, up from 32 in last year's freshman class. The academic average of applicants with a 3.5 grade point average out of a 4.0 is up 11 percent. Students with GPAs of 3.0-3.49 are up 9 percent. Additionally, international student applications are up 30 percent, he said.

"We're encouraging any incoming freshmen who seriously want to attend Eastern Michigan University to complete their paperwork in the next few weeks so they're not caught in a closing of admissions or wait-list situation," McAnuff said. "We're currently positioned to accommodate all interested students, but that could change soon."

McAnuff noted that Eastern Michigan has become a "popular choice for high school students because of the variety of outstanding academic programs offered at the University. EMU is one of the best public education buys in the Midwest and has become the institution of first choice for many students." McAnuff also credits a recent marketing program and strengthened recruiting publications for contributing to the increase.

The University will open its 1999-2000 academic year Wednesday, Sept. 1. University officials are expecting 23,500 students on campus this fall.

Students with questions can direct them to the admissions office at (734) 487-3060 or 1-800-GO-TO-EMU.

"Eastern Michigan University provides a great educational experience. I anticipate the interest level will just continue to grow," McAnuff added.