MSU releases preliminary enrollment figures for 2002-03 academic year

Contact: Kristan Tetens, University Relations, (517) 432-0921,

Sep 13, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Preliminary figures released today by Michigan State University indicate that enrollment during the 2002-03 academic year is expected to exceed 44,950 students, about 700 more than last year.

That figure reflects higher numbers of new and returning students, particularly at the graduate level. Enrollment last year was 44,227.

The official count of enrolled students will occur on Sept. 19, one-quarter of the way through fall semester. Final enrollment data will be available later this month.

Preliminary enrollment statistics:

  • MSU received more than 25,200 undergraduate applications for admission for the 2002-03 year, a new record.
  • Total undergraduate enrollment is estimated at 35,184, up about 1 percent from last year. Total graduate enrollment is estimated at 8,375, up about 5 percent from last year.
  • Female students make up 54 percent of the total enrollment.
  • Residents of Michigan make up 84.5 percent of the total enrollment
  • Undergraduate students account for approximately 78.3 percent of the total enrollment; graduate students, 18.6 percent; and graduate-professional students, 3.1 percent.
  • The entering class includes 6,950 students, an increase over last year's 6,810. It has an average GPA of 3.54, higher than last year's 3.52, and an average ACT score of 24.1, higher than last year's 24.0
  • Total Honors College enrollment is estimated at a new record with just under 2,400 students, an increase of more than 100 students, or 5 percent, over the previous fall. First-time Honors College enrollment dropped about 13 percent, from 489 students last year to 425 students this year. The Honors College offers individualized programs of study for academically talented students.
  • Total minority enrollment is estimated at 7,355 students, or 16.4 percent of the student body, up from 7,132 students, or 16.1 percent, a year ago. Minorities make up 20.6 percent of the entering undergraduate class, the highest percentage ever. This compares to 17.6 percent minority representation in the state's 1999 high school graduating class, the most recent year for which data is available.
  • International undergraduate enrollment is expected to increase to approximately 960 students, up from 923; international graduate enrollment is expected to increase to approximately 2,180 students, up from 2,092.
  • The Eli Broad College of Business, at 5,845 students, has the largest enrollment of MSU's 14 colleges, followed by the College of Natural Science with 5,750, the College of Social Science with 5,570 and the College of Engineering with 4,350.
  • Graduate-professional students include 900 in the College of Veterinary Medicine, 535 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and 495 in the College of Human Medicine.
  • MSU's total enrollment first surpassed 40,000 in 1966, when enrollment hit 41,474. It has dropped below 40,000 only once since then, with an enrollment of 39,743 in 1993.