MSU preliminary enrollment numbers show slight increase

Contact: Pamela Horne, Admissions, (517) 355-6532,; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Sep 16, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - According to preliminary enrollment figures released today, Michigan State University is expecting its total enrollment to be approximately 45,100 students, a slight increase over last year's 44,836.

The preliminary numbers were part of a report presented to the MSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 16 meeting.

While the number of applications remained relatively steady compared to last year - approximately 21,900 - 600 fewer students were admitted. A greater proportion of admitted students accepted the offer of admission than last year, however, and the resulting freshmen class will number around 7,300, down slightly from last year.

Overall enrollment figures are up slightly due to an increase in the number of graduate students. In addition, a greater number of current students are still on campus compared to last year.

As in past years, the preliminary report indicates that MSU's freshman class brings with it strong academic credentials.

For example, the middle 50 percent of the in-coming class has grade point averages in the range of 3.39 to 3.82 - slightly higher than last year's figure - and ACT mid-range composite scores of 22 to 27, comparable to last year.

As in recent years, the class is composed of approximately 88 percent Michigan residents.

Total minority enrollment is estimated at 7,535, or about 16.7 percent of the student body. The proportion of female students to total enrollment is expected to remain relatively constant at just under 54 percent.

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