Colleges Dealing With Dwindling Eligible Freshmen Numbers

Fewer people living in Michigan means fewer kids graduating from high school and fewer incoming freshmen for colleges.

Michigan's public universities are now upping the competition as the pool of eligible incoming freshmen dwindles.

Universities like Central Michigan and Ferris State are working to make up for dropping enrollments by reaching out past Michigan's borders to markets like Cleveland and Chicago.

At that point, these schools have to focus on their specialties, their programs they can offer that students may not be able to get somewhere else.

The irony is the specialty programs wouldn't be available if not for strong enrollment numbers.

9&10 News' Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Tony Zyber spoke to both schools on their moves and have more details.