Growth at the undergraduate level, both in headcount and student credit hours, leads to higher overall enrollment in terms of overall student credit hours at UM-Dearborn compared with Winter 2008 semester

January 27, 2009

DEARBORN / Jan. 27, 2009---Undergraduate enrollment at the University of Michigan-Dearborn increased by 210 students, or 3.7 percent, this term over a year ago. Undergraduate student credit hours are up 4.2 percent over Winter term 2008.

Growth at the undergraduate level will allow overall enrollment to increase at the campus this term, measured in terms of student credit hours, despite a sharp fall in graduate enrollment.

Overall student credit hours are 2.6 percent higher this term than in the 2008 Winter term, according to Stanley Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life.

“Our undergraduate enrollment remains very strong, despite the overall bad news in the regional economy,” Henderson said. “We have worked to let students know that help is available through financial aid for what remains an affordable degree. Our recent selection by Kiplinger’s as one of only three Michigan universities on the list of top 100 best public college values reinforces the idea that a UM-Dearborn education is a great investment in the future.”

Graduate credit hours declined by slightly more than 10 percent this term. In terms of headcount, graduate enrollment is down nearly 12 percent this term over a year ago, leading to a slight decline in overall headcount of 0.6 percent.

“The economy appears to be having a very negative impact on graduate enrollment,” Henderson said. “Corporate support in the form of tuition reimbursement for students has been withdrawn in many cases, especially in the automotive sector, and students are reconsidering graduate degrees.”

Counting student credit hours is one of the standard ways to calculate enrollment, converted to “full-year equated students” for reports to the state government and legislature.

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