EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The ivy-covered halls of Michigan State University could be a little more crowded this fall.

The Lansing State Journal reports that officials at the East Lansing university expect the incoming freshman class will be the largest and most geographically diverse in the school’s history.

It’s preparing for about 7,800 students. The largest freshman class previously was 7,412 in 2004.

University admissions director Jim Cotter said the growth comes from a slight increase in the number of in-state students and much higher numbers of out-of-state and international students.

Cotter said most of the international students are coming from China but others are coming from Brazil, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Nigeria and the Dominican Republic.

Cotter told the paper the school’s goal is to create a rich environment where the exchange of ideas and learning is enhanced by bringing together students from not only across the state and country, but across the world.

Official enrollment counts typically are released in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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