University sees fourth consecutive year of enrollment growth

September 25, 2012

DEARBORN / September 25, 2012---University of Michigan-Dearborn officials announced the largest enrollment in the university’s 52-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2012 is 9,083 students, an increase of 128 students—or 1.43 percent—from last fall. This marks the fourth consecutive year of enrollment growth.

Undergraduate enrollment continued to grow with a record 7,550 students, an increase of slightly less than 2 percent. Undergraduate enrollment has increased each year since 2004.

“To see a record number of students choosing to invest in their futures at UM-Dearborn is a vote of confidence for our Michigan excellence and our UM-Dearborn community,” said Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life. “Strong enrollment shows student response to our campus-wide commitment to provide students with excellent academic opportunities in a supportive and inclusive environment.”

Enrollment includes an incoming freshman class of 889 students. The make-up of this class continues to grow in diversity as the university saw a 15 percent increase in Asian-American students among entering freshmen. Academic achievement remained strong: The average high school GPA for freshmen is 3.6, up from 3.5 last fall, and the average ACT composite score is 24.28, the highest in at least 10 years.

Enrollment also includes an incoming transfer class of 843 students, the second largest class in at least 28 years and the third consecutive year of a transfer enrollment of more than 800. The university saw a 17 percent increase in African-American students among entering transfer students.

Graduate student enrollment decreased slightly from 1,476 students to 1,457 students. However, that number includes 369 new graduate students, the largest number of new students since 2007 and an increase of 14.38 percent from 2011.

“Graduate programs have been especially hard hit in recent years as businesses stopped offering tuition reimbursement programs for their employees,” Henderson said. “Strong new student enrollment in these programs is encouraging both for the university and for the region as it continues to recover.”

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education. A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.



Beth Marmarelli