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CMU achieves nearly 27 percent growth in freshman class

Academic excellence, strong sense of community cited as factors

Contact: CMU News

​A 26.5 percent increase in this fall’s freshman class has helped boost Central Michigan University’s total enrollment to 27,069.

The increase to a freshman class of 3,811— up from 3,012 last year — comes despite a continuing decrease in the number of students graduating from Michigan high schools.

“This increase reflects the dedication and hard work done every day by CMU faculty and staff as well as the efforts of our admissions and marketing teams,” President George E. Ross said.

“CMU achieved this gain through academic excellence, through the way students are immersed in hands-on learning experiences in the classroom and beyond, and through our strong sense of community. Students choose CMU because it is a major university, yet they know they’ll matter here and be supported by faculty, staff and other students.”

CMU’s undergraduate enrollment, on campus and through its Global Campus, is at its fourth highest in the past decade. On-campus highlights include:

  • A 39.3 percent increase in graduate and undergraduate international enrollment to 1,064 students;
  • A 12.4 percent increase in graduate enrollment to 2,094 students; and
  • An 11.3 percent increase in minority enrollment to 2,503 students.

Enrollment in online and off-site classes through Global Campus held relatively steady at 7,211 students compared to 7,268 last year. Undergraduate Global Campus enrollment jumped nearly 10 percent to 3,029 students. (Students enrolled on campus are counted in the on-campus number only.)

Steven Johnson, vice president of enrollment and student services, said the larger freshman class reflects the popularity of CMU across all of Michigan’s 83 counties. He notes that this is especially significant considering the state’s high school senior classes are expected to decline to 90,000 by 2020, compared to 119,000 in 2008.

He, too, credits the entire university community for achieving the increase.

“The whole campus has come together to help middle and high school students appreciate CMU’s nationally ranked academic programs and the learning experiences they’ll have in the classroom and beyond,” Johnson said.

“When students and families visit campus, they sense it — the rich academics, the collaboration, and the way that every student is supported at CMU.”

The entering freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.34 and an average ACT score of 22.7. These are slightly above last year’s averages of 3.32 and 22.4.

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