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CONTACT: Carol Anderson
Eastern Michigan University's Registration Jumps 15 Percent
For Students with 3.5 or Greater Grade Pointe Average
YPSILANTI- More students with higher grade point averages (GPAs) are now making Eastern Michigan University their university of choice. Fall
2003 numbers reflect a 15 percent increase over last year in freshmen with a 3.5 grade point average and higher registering for classes at
EMU. More than 2,800 freshmen are projected to attend this fall.
"This is a banner year for us. We are very excited with the increase in the 3.5 plus students,"
said Kathy Orscheln, associate director of
admissions at EMU. "We're bringing in a stronger class academically."
Orscheln credits the success to improved marketing materials; greater activity by recruiters; a new Website that receives 17,000 hits per
month; and the elimination of a fee for taking EMU's prestigious Presidential Scholarship exam. The exam is open to high school seniors
with at least a 3.7 GPA or a 3.5 GPA and an ACT test score of 25 or greater. There was a 14 percent increase in the number of students taking the Presidential Scholarship exam this year, said Orscheln.
Another reason could be that EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick has designated additional money for the University?s Merit Plus Award,
which gives Michigan Merit Scholarship winners up to an additional $1,000 for coming to EMU, said Orscheln.
Combined with students registering for fall 2003 who have a 3.0-3.49 grade point average, the total increase from fall 2002 is 17 percent,