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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 2, 1994


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Enrollment statistics show
little change from last year

Enrollment statistics released in
mid-October show continuing trends
and changes in first-year student en-
rollment and demographics.
The number of students now en-
rolled at the University total 36,468.
The number of undergraduates total
23,163 students: 5,305 of these stu-
dents are first-year students.
Of the graduate and undergraduate
students enrolled at the University,
21,449 are in-state students. More than
12,000 are out-of-state students, and
2,630 students attending the Univer-
ty are from foreign countries. Most of
these statistics are comparable to with
the enrollment statistics for last year.
Of the foreign students, 1,662 come
from the Far East and Southeast Asia,
361 from Europe, 220 from Canada,
155 from the Near East and North
Africa, 153 from Latin America and
the Caribbean, 53 from Africa (south
of the Sahara), 24 from Australia and
New Zealand, and two from Bermuda.
" In the United States, excluding
Michigan, 3,505 students are from the
Middle Atlantic, 2,787 are from East
North Central, J,749 from the South
Atlantic, 1,473 from the Pacific, 1,025
from New England, 681 from West
North Central, 458 from West South
Central, 416 from Mountain and 263
from East South Central.
While the majority of University
udents are from various parts ofMichi-
gan, the highest number of out-of-state
students hail from New York and Cali-
fornia, 2,030 and 1,174, respectively.
Both of these states traditionally have
had a large number of students attend
the University.
Jessie Slaton,afirst-year Engineer-
ing student from Mason, Mich. noticed
'an unusually large number of students
from New Jersey and New York, par-
Ocularly from Long Island, at the Uni-
LSA first-year student Deborah
Sills from Queens, N.Y., agreed.
"There aren't too many people here
,from Queens, but there are a lot from
the Island," she said.
SAT, ACT Scores
# In admitting prospective
students, the University takes
the averages of SAT, ACT
scores and GPAs.
Of the incoming students:
* 25 percent scored 1090 or
lower on the SAT, 75 percent'
scored 1270 or lower on the
3 25 percent scored 25 or
lower on the ACT, 75 percent
scored 30 or lower on the
A 25 percent graduated from
high school with a GPA of 3.4
or lower, 75 percent
graduated with a GPA of 3.9
or lower.
According to the Office of
Academic Planning and
Analysis, 60 percent of
incoming students are in the
top 10 percent of their
graduating class..
* Although the University only
asks for one test score,
either the ACT or SAT, a little
more than half of all incoming
first-year students take both

She said she attended a large high
school and was expecting to find a
large number of people from New York
in Ann Arbor. About 20 students from
her high school are attending the Uni-
versity, she said, and she estimated
that most of them were in the top 10
percent of her graduating class. She
reflected that she had been "surprised
that there weren't more people at the
University from New York City."
Sills suggested some possible rea-
sons for the large numberof New York-
ers at the University. "The school has a
good reputation. It's also a nice dis-
tance from home for a lot of East Coast
students. ... It's a lot more relaxed than
the city, but it's still big enough to
generate a city atmosphere." She said
that she noticed a significant amount of
diversity in the new students.
Laura Griffith, a first-year Music
student from California, was surprised
to learn that there were a large num-
ber of other students from the West

students apply to smaller schools.
Mostfirst-year students are enrolled
in the College of LSA. By comparison
to the larger school's enrollment of
3,435, the second-largest school, Engi-
neering, has 985 first-year students. The
Music School is the third largest with
125 students. The School of Kinesiol-
ogy has I16 first-year students: Arts
has 95, Nursing has 71, and the School
of Natural Resources and the Environ-
ment has 64.
Raynette Kemph, who helped to
compile the information on student de-
mographics, said this year's enrollment
statistics continue to follow the trend of
past decades.
There was a decrease in enrollment
from last year, but this year's enroll-
ment was still above the 1989-93 aver-
age. The decrease in the University's
two other branches was most signifi-
cant at the Flint campus, Kemph said.
"There was also a decrease in enroll-
ment at Eastern (Michigan Univer-

Where they come from
Here are the top five other states of origin for this year's incoming class.
7New Yor'k
Ohio New Jersey
--linois 1,096 857

iiItseems like most
people are from the East
Coast or the Midwest/'
-Laura Griffith
first-year student in the School of Music

sity, some find it impossible to ig-
nore. Slaton is the only female in her
chemistry lab of 30 students. She no-
ticed more male than female students
in other chemistry classes as well.
"There were two other girls at the
beginning of the term," she said, "but
they dropped the class'
Sills mentioned that in her English
class of 20 students, only two of them
are male. "it alway s seems to happen
that way in English classes and in the
humanities in general," she said.
"There's usually more male students In
math or science classes"
Despite changing social views and
gender roles. the statistics show a defi-
nite gender division in areas of special-
ization such as engineering, medicine.,
law, business and dental hygiene.
In the School of Business Ad-
ministration, there are a total of
1,766 male and 798 female student,.
While there is almost the same num-
her of male and female undergradu-
ate students (316 male. 256 female),
there is a dramatic di fference in male
and female graduate students (1.45()
male. 542 female).
Pre-medicine and pre-law students
at the University both consist of almost
t" ice as many males as females. In
both of these fields. there is a growing
number of w omen. w hich Kemph
_ ___ _ equates w'ith the In-

gan Mandate has been to increase the
number of minority student enroll-
ment and improve the graduation rates
for minority students. From 1987 to
1993, the report showed a 74 percent
increase in minority student enroll-
ment. According to the report, the
graduation rates w ithin six years is 65
percent for African Americans, 72
percent for Hispanic/Latinos, 60 per-
cent for Native Americans, 88 per-
cent for Asian Americans and 87 per-
cent for white students.
This year, howev er, the surge in
minority student enrollment cooled off.
According to the Office of the Registrar.
in 1993. 2.706 African American stu-
dents. 3,126 Asian American students,
249 Natixe American students and 1,497
Hispanic/Latino students enrolled in the
University. In 1994. 2,715 African
American students,3,421 Asian Amer-
can students,258 Native American stu-
dents and 1,533 Hispanic/Latino stu-
dents enrolled in the University.
Commenting on racial diversity,
Nyquist said that while there is a large
number of minority students at the
University, they tend to stick together
in groups. He noticed very little inter-
action between different racial groups.
Nyquist said that it is difficult to
detect any large difference between
the number of male and female stu-
dents at the University. He attributes
part of the difficulty to being in large
introductory classes.
The University of Michigan, like
many other institutions of higher edu-
cation across the country, has switched
from taking the averages of incoming
first-year students' SAT and ACT
scores and GPAs. compiling instead a
range of these scores. Of the incoming
Tition Rise
How first-year student tuition and
fees have risen over the past six

* Twenty-five percent scored
1090 or lower on the SAT. 75 percent
scored 1270 or lower on the SAT
UTwenty-five percent scored 25 or
lower on the ACT. Seventy-five per-
cent scoresd 30 or lower on the ACT:
* T'wenty-five percent graduated
from high school with a GPA of 3.4 or
lower. 75 percent graduated with a
GPA of 3.9 or lower
The range s\stem can be looked at
from another perspective - while 25
percent of the incomingstudents scored
25 or lower, 25 percent scored 31 or
Although the .UniVersity only asks
for one test score, either the ACT or
SAT, a little more than half of all in-
coming first-year students submit the
results of both tests.
According to the Office of Aca-
demic Planning and Analysis,60 per-
cent of incoming students are inthe top
ten percent of their graduating class
"The top 3 percent usually go off to
Harvard, Cornell, Stan ford or Ivy
IL.eague schools." Nyquist said about
his high school in Bloomfield Hills.
The rest of the top 10 percent usually
come to the University, he explained.
"Most students probably stay in
state partly because of cost." he said.
For Nyxquist, attending the Unix ersity
is about hall as expensi e as attending
an out-of-state school x ould be.
From Slaton', graduatine class of
180 students, sev en are attending the
University. Two of those students
were in the top 10 percent of their
hiigh school class, and two more were
in the top 20. -im not sure how many
people at the University were in the
top ten or 20 percent of their high
school c lass. but I imainc it's about
the same" she said.
up 44%

Coast. "It seems like most people are
from the East Coast or the Midwest,"
she said.
Griffith is the only student at the
University from her small private
school. She suggested that many stu-
dents from her high school went to the
University of California for the same
reason that Michigan high school stu-
dents attend the University of Michi-
gan - cost.
"It's a good education for a less
expensive tuition," Griffith said.
At Griffith's high school, there were
also some students who left California.
"For a lot of students, it depended on
what type of school best fit their per-
Other states sending large numbers
of students to the University include
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Florida and Illinois.
Within Michigan, Oakland County,
which includes Rochester Hills, Troy.
Birmingham and Royal Oak, has the
highest number of students at the Uni-
versity. Wayne, Washtenaw and
Macomb Counties also account for
more than one-third of all in-state
first-year students.
Demographics for minority students
were only slightly different. Wayne
County has the largest number of in-
state minority students, followed by
Oakland and Washtenaw counties.
Gursten Nyquist, a first-year LSA
student from Bloomfield Hills, ob-
served that a high number of high
school students in the Bloomfield area
come to the University..
"Roughly 40 percent of my high
school is accepted to the University,"
he said, noting that Michigan State
University is the other school to which
most Bloomfielders apply. After the
University and Michigan State, many

sity), so it may be part of' a larer
trend," she added.
As in the past, there are roughly
1,000 more undergraduate male stu-
dents enrolled at the University than
undergraduate females. The senior class
has the widest gap in gender enroll-
ment, with 510 more males than fe-
males. The gap
narrows in the
sohrwsnhe dThe following is bre
junior classes first-year students t
with roughly gender.
200 more males
than females
per class. This Women
pattern of de- 2,423
creasing dispar-
ity continues
with this year's
class, which has
2,674 male stu-
dents and 2.631
female stu-
This trend Not Reported>
has been going 129"
on as long as Hispanic
Kemph can re- 247
member.'For a Native 613
while during the American
'80s. there was Biack
a significant in- 430
crease in the
number of
women enrolling in the University."
She suspects that the increase was
due to a push for equality on the part
of women throughout the country.
Kemph feels that the drive for equal-
ity has slackened slightly in the last
decade and the result can be seen in
the enrollment figures over the past
few years
While Nyquist finds it difficult to
see a gender division at the Univer-

akdown of
by race and

creasmng number of
male students con-
centrating in nurs-


Although it has
not decreased from
Men last year, minority
2,468 student enrollment
seems to have slowed
noticeably. This year
there was an increase
of nine African
American and nine
Native American stu-
dents. Asian students,
however, increased
by 200 students since
White last year. This year.
3,254 there was a decrease
of 769 non-minority
(white and unknown)
students from last
year. Kemph said that
this may change and
increase again next
year, or it may be
part of' a new trend. She declined to
comment or speculate about what the
enrollment numbers mean for the fu-
ture of minority students at the Uni-
In 1987, the University developed
a new plan to create a more diverse
environment for minority student and
faculty recruitment, the Michigan
One of the objectives of the Michi-


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Daily Staff Reporter

Medical copter crash kills 3 near North Campus

ontinued from page 12
cials awaited FAA investigators.
FAA officials said there was no
immediate indication of what caused
the crash. FAA and National Transpor-
tation Safety Board officials arrived on
the scene yesterday afternoon and were

said the helicopter was one of 450 109-
series helicopters in worldwide use and
one of its safest helicopters.
Agusta officials were set to arrive at
the crash site today to assist in the
investigation, he said.
A MedFlight vice president was on
hand taking pictures of the crash with
FAA investigators. An Ann Arbor Mu-

copter fly overhead many times before,
as well as the main red helicopter,
which had been grounded Thursday
for maintenance.
"I saw that helicopter fly all the
time," Doran said. "It's pretty hard to
believe this could happen."
Doran said he used to live in
Northwood V, a large University mar-

Howell. "i worked with all three. It's
really hard to see them go."
She said the trip to Howell was
routine and she did not notice anything
mechanically wrong with the helicop-
She came directly from the hospital
where she was working to view the
crash and then left the crash site to meet


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