MSU enrollment increases slightly from year ago

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Sep 12, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Michigan State University’s student enrollment for the 2008-09 academic year is expected to be between 46,500 and 46,700 students, according to preliminary figures released today by the university.

That figure, presented to the MSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 12 meeting, is slightly larger than the original projection of 46,069. It also is larger than last year’s official enrollment of 46,045.

“We are pleased that a diverse range of students and families from around the world continue to recognize the value of a degree from Michigan State University,” said Provost Kim Wilcox.

The official count of enrolled students will occur on Sept. 18, 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 25,632 applications this year, an increase of 4.9 percent. The number of first-time students is about 7,370.

Total undergraduate enrollment is estimated at 36,360, an increase of about 288 students.

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 about 81 percent Michigan residents.

Total university enrollment for students of color is estimated at 7,400, or 17.6 percent of the domestic student body total.

This year’s undergraduate entering class is anticipated to include 1,200 students of color, approximately 17.7 percent of the domestic total. Over the past 10 years the percentage has ranged from 17 percent to 21 percent.

The colleges of Social Science, Natural Science and Broad College of Business are expected to have the largest enrollments at the official count date.