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College enrollment numbers in Michigan drop

Halle Library on the Eastern Michigan University campus.
Josh Hakala
89.1 WEMU
Halle Library on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

Enrollment at Michigan’s colleges is declining faster than the national average.

According to thelatest data, enrollment in Michigan’s public universities as a whole dropped by around 2.2% from the previous year. Nationally, college enrollment declined by around 1%.

At Eastern Michigan University, enrollment has remained relatively stable, but its Vice President of Communication, Walter Kraft, says they are optimistic about the future.

“We’re actively recruiting new students, and we see a lot of positivity out there in terms of students hearing our messages and learning more about the university.”

Kraft says one of the major reasons for the drop in college enrollment is high school graduating classes have been getting smaller in recent years, and there are simply fewer college-aged people in Michigan.

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Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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