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Oct. 10, 2000

MSU enrollment at 43,366 for 2000-2001 academic year

EAST LANSING, Mich. - A total of 43,366 students are enrolled at Michigan State University for the 2000-01 academic year, the university announced today.

Included in MSU's enrollment are 6,772 minority students - 15.6 percent of the student body, the highest percentage in school history. The entering class totals 6,873 students, almost 300 more than last year, from a record applicant pool of 22,709.

The official enrollment figure was reached after one-fourth of the fall semester had passed to accommodate additions and drops from the university. A preliminary report on enrollment was presented in September to the MSU Board of Trustees.

Highlights from the enrollment statistics include:

  • Honors College enrollment of 2,059, an increase of 221 students, or 12 percent more than last year. Honors College offers individualized programs for academically talented students.
  • Undergraduate enrollment of 34,342, an increase of 376 students, or 1.1 percent.
  • Graduate enrollment of 7,635, a decrease of 97 students, or 1.3 percent.
  • Graduate-professional enrollment of 1,367, an increase from 1,340 a year ago.
  • More than half - 54 percent - of students enrolled are women.
  • A total of 91 percent of the entering undergraduate class is from Michigan.
  • A total of 906 international undergraduates are enrolled, up from 847 last year.
  • A total of 1,978 international graduate students are enrolled, up from 1,897 last year.

Total enrollment for all minority groups matched or exceeded historical highs at MSU, noted Provost Lou Anna K. Simon. In addition, the entering undergraduate class includes 1,341 minority students, or 19.5 percent of the class. That's up from 19 percent last year.

Minority enrollment statistics for the last three years include:

Fall 1998
Fall 1999
Fall 2000
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Asian Pacific Islander
Black -- Non-Hispanic

The average GPA of the entering class is 3.48, up from 3.44 last year. The average ACT score is 23.9, up from last year's 23.7.

The largest college is The Eli Broad College of Business, with an enrollment of 6,004 students. Next largest is the College of Natural Science with 5,533 students, followed by the College of Social Science with 4,677.