Enrollment at one of our state’s top universities is at an all-time high. That’s according to new totals out from the University of Michigan Office of the Registrar, which is reporting 41,924 students enrolled at the U-M Ann Arbor campus for fall 2010.
School officials say enrollment is up for undergraduates, as well as for grad and professional students. The total enrollment of all students includes a freshman class of 6,496 students, a 6.9 percent increase from the previous year.
The percentage of underrepresented minority students is also higher in the freshman class. Last year, they made up just over nine per cent. This year, they make up 10.6%.
More than 1,900 high schools, all 50 states and almost 70 countries are represented in the freshman class, which is evenly divided between men and women.
WWJ spoke with Undergraduate Admissions Director Ted Spencer who said these numbers are exceeding their expectations.
“I guess that’s the good news in all of this is that, again, there’s some outstanding students around the country and in the state of Michigan who want to come to the university, and so they did sort of surprise us a bit,” Spenser said.
The freshman class size varies annually due to fluctuations in the applicant population and other variables including the economy.
According to the university, this bigger, better freshman class boasts an average high school grade-point average of 3.8, with 13 percent having achieved a perfect 4.0. More than 30 percent of the class had an ACT composite score between 31 and 36, compared to 4 percent nationwide.
“This year’s freshman class, the largest ever, brings with them an eclectic mix of skills and attributes that will help them become the leaders and best,” said Chris Armstrong, president of the Michigan Student Assembly, U-M’s student government, in a release.
“The University of Michigan has everything they need to have a fulfilling and enriching college career, and I look forward to seeing them take advantage of those opportunities,” he said.
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