2021 : UM’s Fall Enrollment Exceeds 50,000 for First Time

October 21, 2021 all-day

The University of Michigan welcomed its largest-ever class of first-year students this fall, helping to push the Ann Arbor campus’ overall student body to more than 50,000 students for the first time in the university’s history.

The new class also is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse classes in years, with 37 percent of first-year students identifying as persons of color.

The record-setting enrollment caps an admissions season marked by skyrocketing student interest and the ongoing global pandemic.

Nearly 80,000 prospective first-year students applied to enroll at U-M this fall — nearly 15,000 more than the previous year — creating the largest applicant pool in the university’s history.

From this fall’s 79,743 applications, U-M offered admission to 16,071 first-year students.

Of those admitted, 75 percent of in-state students and a third of out-of-state students eventually enrolled, creating a first-year class of 7,290 students. The class is more than 400 students — or 6 percent — larger than last year’s class.

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by 3 percent over last fall, from 31,329 to 32,282 students. In-state students account for 52 percent of the overall undergraduate student body. Graduate and professional school enrollment also grew, from 16,578 last fall to 17,996 this year, the highest total in U-M history.

Source : Don Jordan, “U-M’s 2021 fall enrollment tops 50,000 for first time”, University Record, October 21, 2021.