Officials Are Hoping For More In-Person Classes at MSU
According to the Lansing State Journal, enrollment at Michigan State University declined as most classes remain online and school officials struggle with the fallout of COVID-19.
My wife who works for Michigan State University has been working from home for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My wife's son Braden (my step son) has been taking online classes at MSU since fall online classes began.
The Lansing State Journal tells us MSU had 2,232 fewer students for the spring semester, dropping to 47,463, about a 4.5% decline from the 49,695 students enrolled in fall 2020. Between the two semesters, MSU's enrollment dipped by more than 3,000 students.
COVID-19 was a huge factor in the enrollment drop, said MSU Director of Undergraduate Admissions John Ambrose. COVID-19 concerns prompted MSU to move most courses online for both semesters. (LSJ)
The Lansing State Journal said that MSU plans to host about 75% of its undergraduate courses in person next fall and already students are in the process of applying and enrolling.
MSU isn't alone in seeing fewer enrolled students for the 2020-21 academic year. According to the Lansing State Journal, the University of Michigan lost more than 1,700 students in its winter semester, which runs from Jan. 19 to April 30. Western Michigan University's enrollment declined nearly 2,300 students from its fall semester.
Even though my step son, Braden, is just a freshmen this year, he is so looking forward to in person classes at Michigan State University as soon as possible.