MSU preliminary numbers show larger than anticipated enrollment

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 432-0920, cell (517) 281-7129,

Sep 12, 2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Preliminary figures released today by Michigan State University indicate that enrollment for the 2007-08 academic year is expected to be between 45,900 and 46,100 students.

That figure, presented to the MSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 12 meeting, is slightly larger than the original projection of 45,981. It also is larger than last year’s official enrollment of 45,520.

“Preliminary figures reflect the success of expanded recruitment in new areas,” said MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. “We remain strongly committed to communicating with prospective students and their families throughout the entire recruitment cycle. Increasing the availability of guided campus visits, along with the opening of our new Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, have provided additional opportunities for reaching out to students.”

The official count of enrolled students will occur on Sept. 20, one-quarter of the way through the fall semester. Final enrollment data will be available later this month.

Preliminary enrollment statistics:

  • MSU received a total of 24,455 applications this year, up 5 percent from last year. That resulting number of first-time students is approximately 7,370.
  • Total undergraduate enrollment is estimated at 36,050, an increase of approximately 480 students.
  • Total graduate enrollment, including graduate professional students, is estimated at 9,950, about 250 students greater than last year.
  • The entering class comes with strong academic credentials. The high school grade point average 25th to 75th percentile range is 3.4 to 3.8. The ACT 25th to 75th percentile range is 23 to 27.
  • It’s expected that the entering class will be composed of approximately 84 percent Michigan residents. It’s also expected that the class will be composed of approximately 5.1 percent international students, up from 3.9 last year and representing the highest number of entering international students ever.
  • MSU’s total undergraduate enrollment is anticipated to include 88 percent Michigan residents.
  • Total minority enrollment is estimated at 7,415 students, or about 17.6 percent of the domestic student body total.
  • This year’s undergraduate entering class is anticipated to include 1,250 minority students, approximately 17.9 percent of the domestic total. Over the past 10 years that percentage has ranged from 17 percent to 21 percent.
  • It is anticipated that the colleges of Social Science, Natural Science and the Eli Broad College of Business will have the largest individual college enrollments at the official count date.
  • Honors College enrollment is estimated at approximately 2,795 students. Honors College first-time student enrollment is estimated at 465 students. The Honors College offers individualized programs of study for academically talented students.

“Enrolling a diverse student body reflects both our core land-grant values and our world-grant goals – to enhance the student experience, expand our international reach and increase research opportunities,” Wilcox said. “We are pleased to have been chosen by students from Michigan, across the nation and around the world.”