Western Michigan University Sees Fewer New Freshmen, But Increase In International, Minority Students

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While Western Michigan University saw a slight increase in enrollment this fall, the number of minority, international and transfer students grew faster.

The total number of students attending the university this fall is 25,086 — 41 more than last year, or 0.0016 percent — President John Dunn announced during his annual State of the University address Friday afternoon. He spoke during the Academic Convocation at Dalton Recital Hall, where 12 faculty members and staff were honored for their service.

“This year’s students are smart, slightly older, diverse, technically savvy and globally connected,” Dunn said.

The fall census shows a drop in the number of incoming freshmen, from 3,484 last year to about 3,300 this year. But Keith Hearit, vice president for enrollment management, said his office was not surprised, because the number of seniors graduating from Michigan high schools has been decreasing the past three to four years.

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