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CMU sets records in minority, transfer, international, graduate and Global Campus students

Freshman to sophomore retention climbs 2 percent

Contact: Heather Smith


​Central Michigan University’s fall enrollment reflects record numbers of minority, transfer, international and on-campus graduate students. At the same time, CMU’s Global Campus, which offers off-campus and online programs, also is showing its highest enrollment in a decade.

With nearly 27,000 students total, CMU’s 2015-16 enrollment includes:

•    5,239 minority students on- and off-campus, a 24 percent increase in 10 years and constituting 19 percent of CMU’s total enrollment;

•    1,660 new transfer students on- and off-campus, a 12 percent increase the past 10 years;

•    1,385 international students both on- and off-campus, an 86 percent increase from a decade ago;

•    2,284 on-campus graduate students, a 35 percent increase during the past decade;

•    8,973 Global Campus students, a 25 percent increase from a decade ago; and

•    4,719 Global Campus undergraduates, a 147 percent increase in a decade.

CMU also achieved a 2 percent increase in the retention of students from freshman to sophomore year, reaching 78 percent, said Steven Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services.

“The record recruitment numbers and impressive jump in retention are a testament to the ongoing support and involvement of faculty and staff across campus,” Johnson said.

“The higher education marketplace is highly competitive. Efforts across campus to connect with and support students and to deliver outstanding educational experiences inside the classroom and beyond continue to cement CMU as a first-choice university,” he said.

Johnson said enrollment, at 26,968, is 99.6 percent of last year’s total. The number of incoming freshmen, budgeted at and nearly reaching 3,500, reflects Michigan’s shrinking high school graduation class, which this spring dropped below 100,000 students for the first time.

Also of note, CMU’s 22 residence halls are at capacity with four students per room and 6,151 students total, the fifth largest opening in the university’s history. Hundreds of students were on waiting lists that grew so long staff stopped adding names back in May, knowing that the students needed to find other arrangements, said Shaun Holtgreive, executive director of campus life and student affairs.

“Together, as a university, we are waging a ‘forever campaign’ to recruit and retain students,” Johnson said. “As a community, we’re working to raise the academic profile of our student body and expanding the services they receive on campus to ensure they succeed and graduate from CMU.”

Johnson adds that CMU will continue to expand student services this year to provide additional advisors. Expansion and refinement of CMU’s peer-mentoring program also is planned to keep students engaged and connected with the university.


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