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Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 9:52 a.m.

University of Michigan enrollment at record high levels

By Kellie Woodhouse

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Students study on the University of Michigan campus in this file photo.

The University of Michigan greeted more students this year than ever before, continuing a three-year trend of record-high enrollment.

This fall, 42,716 students are enrolled at the Ann Arbor university, compared to 41,924 students last year and 41,674 in 2009-2010.

This year's additional 792 students mark a 2.8 percent increase in graduate students and a 1.4 percent increase in undergraduates from last year, according to just-released university figures.

But while enrollment is up, the freshman class decreased by 3.8 percent.

This year's total freshman enrollment is 6,251 students, compared to 6,496 students last year.

In part because of U-M’s switch to the Common Application, freshmen applications increased by 25 percent to 39,584. The university began using the common application in 2010-2011.

U-M offered admission to 16,073 students this year, compared to 16,006 last year.

The incoming freshman class has an average high school GPA of 3.8, while 19 percent achieved a perfect 4.0. Students represent more than 1,750 high schools, 49 states, and nearly 50 countries are represented.

Additionally, there are slightly fewer minority students this year, according to the U-M report.

Underrepresented minorities represent 10.5 percent of the freshman class, compared to 10.6 percent last year.

This story will be updated.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Lac Court Orilles

Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 10:46 a.m.

If this educational institution is in such demand, why hasn't tuition gone up more to take advantage of it's popularity? Since many of the students are from foreign countries why not charge them more. Students from Michigan still have many other institutions of higher learning to attend at a more affordable price.


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 4:20 a.m.

I wonder how many of these students are actually US citizens?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 6:15 p.m.

To the conservative nattering nabobs of negativism who always complain about the U, and especially about the cost of a UofM education: Record enrollments would seem to suggest that the free market would set the cost of a U education even higher than it already is. Correct? Good Night and Good Luck


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Ah yes, these students who pay for their education, who pay for their housing, who pay for their living accommodations, who eat and yes drink out, who make purchases in this towns economy - they are such a nuisance aren't they with the millions and millions of dollars that flood into our economy as a result, it's almost unbearable.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 10:18 p.m.

I think that that is Rob's point. GN&GL


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 8:10 p.m.

What would Ann Arbor be without U of M? While people often complain about U of M, without U of M, Ann Arbor would be a very small town.