The University Record, December 6, 1999

Fall term enrollment up over last year

By Janet Nellis Mendler
News and Information Services

Total enrollment for the Ann Arbor campus for fall 1999 shows an increase of more than 600 students from comparable fall 1998 figures, a 1.7 percent gain, according to figures released Nov. 30.

A total of 37,846 students are enrolled, compared to 37,197 last year. The total represents undergraduate, graduate and graduate/professional (law, dental, medical, pharmacy) students, and visiting scholars, and includes international students. The figures are compiled from official student counts following the third week of classes, and include extension students.

Undergraduate enrollment is up by 2 percent to 24,493, while graduate enrollment increased by 1.3 percent, to 13,353.

The freshman class shows an increase of 5.8 percent from the previous year, 5,559 compared to 5,253. Women outnumber men among incoming students 2,852 to 2,707.

Provost Nancy Cantor says the increase in enrollment is testimony to the reputation of the faculty for teaching, research and service. “We attract students because of the educational values we embrace; they know they will receive an outstanding educational experience.”

Total minority enrollment—Black, Asian, Native American and Hispanic—is 8,203. Of the total student body, 8.1 percent are Black (8.5 percent in 1998), 11.9 percent Asian (11.7 percent in 1998), 0.6 percent are Native American (0.7 percent in 1998) and 4.3 percent are Hispanic (4.4 percent in 1998). A group of 2,240 students fall into the “unknown” category, either because they did not indicate their ethnicity, or they marked “multiracial” but did not designate a primary ethnic identification. Enrollment percentages for various racial groups are calculated using an adjusted enrollment of 32,940, which represents U.S. residents enrolled in degree-granting programs on the Ann Arbor campus.

“We certainly are facing challenges that could threaten our diversity,” said Lester Monts, associate provost. The University is vigorously opposing two lawsuits that seek to change its undergraduate and Law School admissions policies.

Undergraduate minority enrollment is 5,975. The figure does not include 1,442 students who did not indicate their ethnicity.

The 1999 figures show that 1,970 (8.4 percent) of the undergraduates are Black, 2,871 (12.3 percent) are Asian, 148 (0.6 percent) are Native American, and 986 (4.2 percent) are Hispanic.

Total graduate/graduate professional figures are 699 Black (7.3 percent), 1,050 Asian (11 percent), 65 Native American (0.7 percent), and 414 Hispanic (4.3 percent). Among the graduate/graduate professional students, 798 did not indicate their ethnicity.

The University received 21,114 applications for freshmen admission, down only slightly from last year’s record number of 21,312.

According to Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate admissions, more than 70 percent of the Class of 2003 were members of their high school academic honor society; 40 percent were elected to one or more student government offices; more than 70 percent participated in school or community service organizations; and 3,200 students received high enough scores on their advanced placement tests to enter the University with college credit.