MSU enrollment increases from year ago

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Sep 09, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University student enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year is expected to be about 47,800 students, plus or minus 100 students, according to preliminary figures released today.

That figure, presented to the MSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 9 meeting, would be larger than last year’s official enrollment of 47,131.

The official count of enrolled students will occur on Sept. 26, one-quarter of the way through the fall semester. Final enrollment data will be available later this month.

Preliminary enrollment statistics:

  • MSU received a record 28,547 applications this year. The number of first-year students is about 7,775.
  • Total undergraduate enrollment is estimated to be about 36,580, an increase of about 500 students.
  • The entering class comes with strong academic credentials. The high school grade point average of the entering class ranges from 3.4 to 3.9 with the ACT average ranging from 23 to 27.
  • First-time Honors College enrollment is estimated at 485 students. The Academic Scholars Program is enrolling about 160 new students this year. The ASP is designed for high-achieving incoming freshmen who are interested in enhancing their academic program during their first two years of college. Together the two programs comprise about 8.3 percent of the entering class.
  • It’s expected that the entering class will be composed of about 76 percent Michigan residents.
  • It’s anticipated that the College of Social Science, the Eli Broad College of Business, and the College of Natural Science will have the largest enrollments as of the official enrollment count date.