Enrollment increase reflects MSU value, quality

Contact: Tom Oswald, Media Communications: (517) 432-0920, cell (517) 281-7129, tom.oswald@cabs.msu.edu

Sep 07, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University student enrollment for the 2012–13 academic year is expected to be about 48,800 students, a record number that reflects MSU’s status as one of the world’s top universities and maintains the number of in-state students attending the university.

The preliminary figures were presented today to the MSU Board of Trustees during its Friday meeting.

According to the preliminary numbers, MSU remains a university in demand, particularly among students with increasingly strong academic credentials.

Of the students in this year’s entering class, the high school grade point average was about 3.6, while the average ACT score is 25.6.

This year MSU received more than 30,300 applications, its highest number ever. The number of first-year students is about 8,100.

MSU’s in-state, undergraduate enrollment is among the highest in the Big Ten.

Preliminary enrollment statistics:

  • Of the undergraduate student enrollment, about 30,190 students, or 80 percent, are from the state of Michigan, similar to last year’s class.
  • First-time Honors College enrollment is estimated at 530 students, which is about 6.5 percent of the entering class.
  • New transfer enrollment is about 1,450 students.
  • There are about 1,790 new students at the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • It’s anticipated that the College of Social Science, the Eli Board College of Business, and the College of Natural Science will have the largest enrollments as of the official enrollment count date.

The official count of enrolled students will occur on Sept. 24, one-quarter of the way through the fall semester.