By Jennifer Donovan
HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University last week reported its largest freshman class since 2008, the fifth straight year of graduate student enrollment, record minority enrollment and its second-highest-ever female enrollment.
Michigan Tech has 1,252 first-year students, the largest freshman class since 2008. The average ACT score and high school GPA of those students is at an all-time high, at 26.7 and 3.66.
Graduate student numbers also rose for the fifth straight year, to 1,359.
“I want to thank everyone all across campus for the work they do to attract the highest quality students,” said Michigan Tech president Glenn Mroz. “The results of their efforts speak for themselves.”
Total undergraduate enrollment this fall is 5,617, making Tech’s total enrollment for the fall semester 6,976, up from 6,945 last year. There are 1,180 female students, the second highest ever. Female enrollment in the College of Engineering is now 906, an all-time high — up from 612 in 2005 and 835 last year. And the Graduate School has 392 female graduate students, the most ever.
The number of domestic ethnic minorities has risen to just shy of 7 percent of the undergraduate student body. This is also an all-time record.
“The academic caliber of this incoming class of undergraduates one of the highest in recent history at Michigan Tech,” said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications at Michigan Tech. “It’s a diverse class with a relatively high proportion of women entering the STEM fields.”
The Graduate School saw the number of first-time master’s degree students rise 22.2 percent, to 314. There are 97 first-time doctoral students, a 1 percent drop from fall 2012. Tech’s Graduate School processed more than 4,100 applications for the fall 2013 semester.
“This is the fifth consecutive year of record graduate enrollment at Michigan Tech,” said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of Tech’s Graduate School. “We are making clear progress toward our goal of 3,000 graduate students by 2035. Also, last year was the fourth consecutive year of record graduation numbers for master’s and PhD students. We want to thank everyone who helped get new graduate students to Tech and who worked closely with the students who are here.”
The enrollment report lists numbers of students in each of Michigan Tech’s Colleges and Schools.
• College of Engineering: 4,329
• College of Sciences & Arts: 1,657
• School of Business & Economics: 365
• School of Technology: 276
• School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: 242
• No School or College designated: 107
Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.
More at http://www.mtu.edu.