Campus sees largest number of students enrolled at the university in the past six years

September 30, 2009

DEARBORN / Sept. 30, 2009---Undergraduate enrollment at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is up 2.6 percent year-over-year, with a total of 6,959 students versus 6,778 last year. That equates to 181 undergraduate students more than the 2008/2009 academic year.  

Total enrollment is up by 73 students, or just under one percent, with 8,642 students compared to 8,569 last year. This is the largest number of students enrolled at the university in the past six years.

“Despite the difficult economic environment, we’re continuing to increase our enrollment at UM-Dearborn,” said Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life at UM-Dearborn. “More importantly, we’re seeing sustainable growth that demonstrates that higher education is being valued as a way to create better futures for people in our community.”   

For the third year in a row, freshmen enrollment is over 900 students, totaling 922 for the fall term.  It’s the second largest freshman class since 1979. And for the fourth year in a row there are more than 700 transfer students from other colleges and universities - a total of 729, which equates to 24 more than last year or an increase of three percent.

“What is also interesting to note is that total credit hours are up this fall,” added Henderson. “Essentially that means that students are investing more time in their education by taking more classes.”  

Total graduate student enrollment is down six percent, from 1791 last year to 1683 this academic year. The primary factor for the decline is that so many businesses have stopped offering their employees matching tuition reimbursement programs.

“This fall’s entering students continue to reflect the campus’s high quality standards,” Henderson said. “ACT scores and high school GPAs for first time freshmen entering this term are the highest ever recorded.”

UM-Dearborn has been recognized again, for the seventh year in a row, as one of the top public universities in the Midwest in this year’s U.S. News & World Report ratings.

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The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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