Central Michigan University's fall 2018 enrollment shows a continuing strong commitment to quality, with the highest-ever new-student average GPA of 3.4. The university's first-year retention rate of 77 percent remains above the national average.
The number of students taking online courses has climbed 122 percent over the past decade, to more than 8,000 this fall.
Of those, more than half are enrolled on CMU's main campus in Mount Pleasant and use online courses to advance their degrees and career preparedness. They often take online courses while doing internships, working or serving in student leadership roles that increase their value to future employers.
The other 45 percent of online students are living and working elsewhere around the state and nation.
This year's student body also reflects Central's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, with the university's highest-ever multicultural enrollment, at more than 21 percent.
Under the leadership of new president Bob Davies, CMU is advancing its advising efforts to further accelerate retention and graduation, honing its recruitment strategies, and increasing financial aid to support more students and families.
CMU also is growing capacity in fields such as engineering, health care and business. It is launching an online bachelor's degree in business administration this fall and will expand its online MBA program to meet growing demand.
"CMU continues to be a leader in meeting the evolving needs of students and employers," Davies said. "We are holding strong to our commitment to quality; supporting students through to graduation; and preparing them not just for their first jobs, but for their careers."
CMU's total enrollment stands at 21,705, down 7 percent from last year. This reflects the declining number of high school seniors in Michigan and surrounding states. Additional enrollment numbers:
- First time at any college: 2,732
- Transfer: 1,056
- Minority: 4,620