Enrollment numbers show decrease in students since last fall


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According to fall semester enrollment numbers released by the Office of Institutional Research for fall 2015, the total number of students at Central Michigan University is 26,968, a decrease by 101 students since last fall. 

This is a 0.4 percent decrease from last year, and is part of a 5 percent decrease during the last five years.

The number of first time freshmen at college is at 3,486 students this fall, an 8.5 percent decrease from last year and 17.3 percent decrease over the last five years.

Global campus saw an increase in an enrollment at 8,973 students while on-campus saw a decrease at 19,549 students.

Undergraduate on-campus enrollment for this year is at 17,265 students, a decrease by 499 students since last year. This is part of a 10.9 percent decline over the past five years. The number of new freshmen enrolled at CMU at 3,811 students this year also declined — with 325 less new freshmen since fall 2014.

Overall enrollment decreased, but there is an increase in the amount of international, graduate, minority and new transfer students. Statistics showed that on CMU's campus this year there are 1,170 international students, a 10 percent increase since last year. There are also 3,443 new freshmen, a 8.7 percent decrease since last year and 2,743 minority students, a 9.6 percent increase since last year.

The one-year graduation rate increased incrementally this year, at 78.2 percent, while the two-year graduation rate decreased to 68.6 percent.

Enrollment statistics were released by the Office of Institutional Research on Thursday, Sept. 24.


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