Aug. 31, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens






YPSILANTI - There will be more new faces than usual on the Eastern Michigan University campus when the fall semester begins Sept. 5.

"We will have the largest class of new students ever to enroll in the fall term at EMU," said Courtner McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. "Approximately 5,020 new students (freshmen, transfers and graduate students) are projected to enroll for fall term."

Last year at the same time, McAnuff said that EMU enrolled about 4,300 new students.

"This year we have seen a 13 percent increase in graduate students; a one and a half increase in freshmen; and an 11 percent increase in transfer students," McAnuff said.

The largest increase among new student groups was a 41 percent increase in the number of foreign students coming to Eastern Michigan University.

Although the degree of the increase in new students was not expected, the areas of increase were anticipated.

"We made a concerted effort in our graduate recruiting this year and we got good support at our academic fairs from the faculty," McAnuff said. "We also focused on international recruitment and had recruiters in 12 countries." McAnuff said it was the first time EMU had recruiters in foreign countries.

McAnuff said the increase in the number of graduate students could be related to the slowing economy.

"When there is a downturn in the economy we see more older students going back to school to increase their skills and make themselves more marketable," said McAnuff.

"EMU is a more popular destination because of our programs. We are still one of the best educationals buys in the state," McAnuff said.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.