Similar to overall enrollment trends, fewer transfer students are choosing to come to Central Michigan University than in years past.
In the last year, CMU has experienced an 8.5-percent decrease in on-campus transfer student enrollment, from 1,328 in fall 2011 to 1,215 in fall 2012.
Community colleges are CMU’s key demographic for transfer students, and as overall enrollment at most community colleges has declined, CMU has had a tougher time finding transfer students.
And it might not get better any time soon. Registrar Karen Hutslar said the final numbers for this year are anticipated to be even lower.
“We continue to recruit both freshmen and transfer students with the declining number of high school graduates in Michigan, but our admissions office is doing more recruiting out-of-state,” Hutslar said.
The transfer student decline is in keeping with overall enrollment issues at CMU. On-campus undergraduate enrollment is expected to drop 5 to 7 percent this year from last fall.
Hutslar said her office and others on campus have no way of knowing how many CMU students transfer to other schools each year.
“As far as the number of CMU students who transfer to other schools, unfortunately, we do not have any specific numbers, as students do not have to notify us if they are transferring,” she said.
Assistant Director of Transfer Student Services Wendolyn Davis said her department has tried various methods to recruit transfer students from other schools.
“Face-to-face contact is very important,” Davis said. “We travel to community colleges and transfer fairs and try to talk to different students. We really work to see what we can do for each individual student to make their transfer process easier.”
She said CMU works to target both in-state and out-of-state students equally.
“We do a lot of the same efforts to recruit out-of-state students that we do in-state students,” Davis said. “We have an admissions representative in Chicago who recruits a decent number of students from out-of-state.”
Davis said her department tries to help out-of-state transfer students by directing them to view transfer guides for their current schools, which help them sort out the details of transferring to CMU.
“Transfer guides have recommended courses to take at CMU, course equivalencies, general education courses and sometimes even area requirements,” she said.