HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – As MTU students complete their first week of class, the administration now has concrete data for this year’s enrollment trends.
“We’re looking at the largest incoming graduate class of graduates since 1982,” said MTU Provost Jackie Huntoon.
The incoming newly graduated class has a large number of women as well as a large number of first-year students who come from ethnically diverse communities.
“A 23% increase in first-year students saw a marked increase from last year,” said MTU Assistant VP for Enrollment, Kyle Rubin. “It’s also one of our more diverse classes, so a lot of good data comes out of this class.”
A good part of MTU’s growth can be attributed to some leading programs at the computer school. Which was first introduced in 2019.
“Every business is becoming a computer company, every industry is a computer industry,” said MTU College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay.
“The establishment of the college was to ensure that we continue to support the state industry. To support it and produce that pipeline of talent, ”Livesay added.
In addition, it appears that more students beginning their undergraduate studies at MTU seem to be sticking to a higher level of education.
“We are also looking at over a 40% increase in the number of master’s students and the number of PhDs. students here at Michigan Tech, ”Huntoon said. She adds that the university needs to hire more staff to keep up with the increase in students.
Huntoon, however, says the university has already begun that process.
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