Preliminary numbers show a positive trend

January 11, 2010

DEARBORN / Jan. 11, 2010 --- On the first day of classes for the winter term, preliminary numbers show undergraduate enrollment at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to be up 4.4 percent, year-over-year, with overall enrollment up 1.5 percent. 

Enrollment of new transfers from other colleges and universities is up 15 percent. Final transfer numbers are expected to be the highest recorded in the last 10 winter semesters. 

“We’ve seen a recent trend with many students choosing to begin their education at community colleges, and they are now ready to transfer to four year institutions,” said Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life at UM-Dearborn. “We’re particularly pleased to see that students are choosing UM-Dearborn because they recognize we are a quality university that provides great service for transfer students.”  

Official enrollment for the term will be calculated later this month at the end of the drop/add period.

“We are continuing to grow our enrollment at UM-Dearborn, even in this difficult economic environment,” Henderson added. “What’s even more encouraging is that the outlook for our fall term looks strong as well with application numbers for freshmen running 15 percent ahead when compared to last year.” 

Preliminary numbers for graduate level enrollment are down 9 percent. A major factor continues to be the suspension of employee tuition reimbursement programs at major corporations in the area. Both Ford and General Motors recently announced that they are reinstating their programs effective this spring, so growth is anticipated in the campus's graduate programs in the fall.  

This term’s entering students continue to reflect the campus’s high quality standards, Henderson added. UM-Dearborn has been recognized as one of the top public universities in the Midwest in this year’s U.S. News ratings. 

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CONTACT: Jennifer ThelenPHONE: 313-593-5644The Office of University RelationsRoom 1040, Administration BuildingUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn