Freshmen enrollment up and down and all around

Class is back in session, and Michigan’s universities are starting to get an idea of just how many new students they have.

Some institutions are reporting larger freshmen classes, while others are slightly smaller.

JJ Boehm is a spokesman for Saginaw Valley State University. He said SVSU is expecting less freshmen, but the new class is better prepared.

“Michigan, for the past couple of years has seen the number of students graduating high school decline,” Boehm said, “This has been something that has been forecast for some time. In large measure due to the fact that there are fewer high school graduates out there.”

He said while there are fewer freshmen at SVSU this year, the ones that are there have higher GPA’s and test scores.

Central Michigan and Lake Superior State universities are both reporting double-digit increases in freshman enrollment this year. CMU with around 23 percent and LSSU with a 12 percent increase.

Ferris State is reporting a decline of less than one percent.

All the universities noted their enrollment numbers are preliminary, and final numbers are expected later this month.