The University of Michigan-Flint has set a new enrollment record for fall 2009 with 7,773 students, an increase of 513 students or 7.1% when compared to last fall's record setting enrollment of 7,260.
One of the largest increases was in transfer students with a jump of 21%.
For the fifth consecutive year, graduate enrollment continued to grow as more students pursue graduate degrees in high demand programs such as business, computer science and healthcare. Graduate student enrollment reached 1,192, an increase of 7.9% over fall 2008.
The concentration of efforts on recruiting international students continues to be very successful with a more than 9% increase for fall 2009, with 167 international students enrolled compared to 153 in fall 2008. The international students are from more than 30 countries.
"While I am confident this increase is a result of the dedication of our administration, faculty and staff, I also believe the response and efforts by the community, downtown businesses and local foundations to making Flint a true college town have to share in that credit," said UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth J. Person.
The addition of student housing helped increase enrollment last year and the completion of new student housing adjacent to the campus this past summer played a role in this year's success. New programs, such as the doctor of nursing practice and new media have also attracted students.
"Providing an excellent educational opportunity by offering new programs and making sure current programs meet the changing needs of students has been key to the success of both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Graduate Programs in recruiting," said Interim Provost Vahid Lotfi
UM-Flint was again named a "Best in the Midwest" university by the Princeton Review for an eighth consecutive year.