Friday, January 22, 2010

The College Numbers Game

Are Flint's dreams of becoming a college town getting closer to reality?

Beata Mostafavi of The Flint Journal reports:
The University of Michigan-Flint saw a 7.9 percent jump in its undergraduate student population, according to a 2010 winter semester enrollment count released today.

Graduate student numbers spiked 12 percent, with an overall growth of about 8 percent compared to last year. A total of 7,478 students attended — 546 more than a year ago — with 6,261 undergrads and 1,217 graduate students.
As this chart by the Pew Research Center shows, enrollment has been trending up across the country since the early seventies, especially during recessions.

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