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From the President

toric public university. We are 164-years old and nestled on a picturesque campus in Yp- silanti—close to an interna- tional airport and the various cultural and sports atractions of nearby Ann Arbor and Detroit. It is a dream location. Te fall semester has

Working Together to Keep EMU Strong E

Large feshman class now calls Eastern home

astern Michigan Uni- versity is a great, his-

Tis year’s incoming fresh-

man class is also beter prepared academically. Te average GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.24, up from 3.18 in 2012, and 3.11 in 2011. Average ACT scores are also climbing. Tis year’s fresh- man class has an average ACT score of 22, up from 21.4 last year and 21.1 in 2011. Our Honors College, which

been a time to come to- gether to talk, listen and learn how we can all work together—23,300 students and more than 1,900 faculty and staff—to share our love of Eastern and our continuing commitment to create a college experience that prepares students for successful careers and lives. Together, our efforts have helped Eastern become the fastest

growing public university in the state of Michigan for new freshmen over the last three years. Our fall 2013 freshman class of 2,872 surpassed Eastern’s previ-

ous all-time record of 2,854, set in 1999, and represents an increase of 43 percent, or 864 students, over the last three years. For the second consecutive year, we also welcomed our largest

ever overall class of new undergraduates, with a total of 5,210 new students. Tis total includes first-time freshmen, transfer students, students pursuing a second degree and other types of new under- graduate students—and surpasses last year’s record class of new undergraduates of 5,076 students. Our dramatic growth in enrollment, in which we are bucking

state and national trends in declining freshman enrollment, dem- onstrates Eastern’s continued commitment to keeping costs down while increasing financial aid, hiring new faculty and investing wisely in key academic and student facilities.

accepts students with at least a 25 ACT score and 3.5 high school GPA, has nearly doubled in freshman enrollment since

2011. Tis year, we admited our largest honors freshman class ever. Increased enrollment also means more students living on cam-

pus. Tis fall, more than 3,900 students are living on-campus, up from 3,240 in 2010—representing the largest number living on- campus since 2003. Not only are more students enrolling at Eastern, more are gradu-

ating as well. A record number of 2,376 students graduated last spring, an increase of more than 27 percent since 2007. Our students come from 79 Michigan counties, all 50 states and

71 different countries. As we grow, we remain focused on our primary mission, which

is to offer students an outstanding, connected academic experience that prepares them for today’s competitive job market. We invite our 150,000 alumni from around the globe to work

with us to make Eastern Michigan University the best place possible for students to live, learn and thrive. I welcome any questions or comments you have. Please send me an email at office_of_the_ Tank you for your continued commitment to your alma mater. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Photograph by Randy Mascharka

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