Preliminary figures near planned drop in MSU enrollment

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Sep 12, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Enrollment at Michigan State University this year is expected to exceed 44,500, approximately 300 students more than MSU's long-term planning target, but down about 400 students from last year's unusually high enrollment, according to preliminary figures released today.

The figures were part of a report presented to the MSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 12 meeting.

Demand for admission to MSU remains strong. The university received nearly 25,000 first-time undergraduate applications for the 2003-04 year. Using federal reporting standards that combine first-time summer and fall enrollments, MSU estimates that this fall's incoming class will number approximately 6,900 students, compared to 6,949 last year.

According to data, the new class arrives especially well-informed and well-prepared, with an average high school GPA expected to increase from last year's 3.55 to 3.58. In addition, ACT test scores increased from 24.2 to 24.5.

The students also have a wide array of real-life experiences, are technologically savvy and more likely than ever to have been involved in leadership activities and the arts, said Lou Anna K. Simon, Interim President and Provost.

"This year's incoming freshman class is an important chapter in our story," she said. "Each one of them has the capacity to succeed. And our commitment is to give them that opportunity - the chance to have a first-class experience here."

The entering undergraduate class generally reflects the Michigan high school graduate population with respect to race/ethnicity and gender. As in previous years, the class is composed of approximately 89 percent Michigan residents. The proportion of female students to total enrollment is expected to remain relatively constant at 54 percent.

The new class is expected to include 1,305 minority students, or 18.9 percent of the class. 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. Total minority enrollment at MSU is expected to be about 16.6 percent of the student body, an increase of .2 percent from last year.

International undergraduate enrollment is about 1,050 students, compared to 963 last year. Graduate international enrollment is expected to be approximately 2,190, down slightly from last year's 2,239.

Total enrollment in the Honors College is expected to reach a new record, with some 2,575 students, an increase of more than 175 students or 7 percent over last fall.

As in 2002-03, the Broad College of Business is expected to have the largest enrollment, with approximately 5,900 students, followed by the College of Natural Science with 5,825 students and the College of Social Science with 5,750 students.

The official fall 2003 enrollment count will occur at the quarter of semester point, the evening of Sept.18, 2003.

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