Various increases highlight UM-Flint’s 2022 fall enrollment


For the first time in five years, UM-Flint has recorded an increase in its first-year student headcount, with 521 students enrolled for the 2022 fall semester, a 6% increase over last year.

Additionally, the university also realized a 10% jump in new undergraduate transfer students — 531 compared with 485 in 2021 — representing the first increase in 11 years, according to the official 10-day student count used for national and state reporting purposes.

UM-Flint’s total new-student enrollment stands at 1,052, representing an 8% increase from last fall. Other notable numbers from the report, compared with 2021, include:

  • New graduate student enrollment is up 6%, to 318 from 301.
  • International undergraduate enrollment increased by 37%, from 61 to 85.
  • International graduate student enrollment has increased by 60%, from 65 to 104.
  • Retention of first-year students from last year is strong with 76.64% having returned to the university, a five-year high. Meanwhile, 75.08% of UM-Flint’s full-time transfer students and 83.39% of new graduate students were retained.

“This positive news is due to the incredible work by many, and it reflects curricular and programmatic innovations, robust financial aid packages strategically dispersed, and more,” said UM-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta. “With our university’s tuition the third lowest amongst public universities in the state, UM-Flint is a regional best value institution.

“Additionally, the significance of this year’s enrollment gains vastly increases when viewed within the regional context of fewer students graduating from high school and fewer of those graduates attending college.”

Overall, UM-Flint’s fall enrollment sits at 5,985 — 4,609 undergraduates and 1,376 graduate students — compared with last year’s figure of 6,418 — 4,995 undergraduate and 1,423 graduate students — with 93% of students hailing from Michigan.

Another positive indicator for the university is an almost a 30% increase in its residential students — 330 vs. 232 — from a year ago, just 31 students short of the 2019 pre-pandemic total. This increase shows that its Residential Learning and Theme communities are providing students with living and learning experiences they want to be a part of.

“Our Residential Learning and Theme Communities provide students with a shared peer experience that allows for their living and learning together, which delivers another rich dynamic to their educational journey,” said Christoper Giordano, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Each RLC is tied to common academic courses and focuses on a deeper exploration of the students’ common interests. Faculty and staff work together to create meaningful activities and experiences designed to engage students in leadership, intellectual engagement, social justice, citizenship, connections and service.

The university’s Theme Communities offer students additional opportunities to come together around shared passions and add a level of connection and support that creates a sense of belonging with residents. Themes include innovation and technology, gender and sexuality, and honors.


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