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GRCC’s 3.2% fall enrollment increase includes double-digit growth in Latino and Black students

Sept. 13, 2023 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College’s Fall 2023 enrollment has increased 3.2% over the previous year – and that number could rise further with students still signing up for classes.

As of this week, GRCC’s enrollment is at 12,157, with almost 4,000 new students. The college also saw double-digit growth in the numbers of Hispanic/Latino and Black/African American students: 11.3% and 11.89%, respectively. 

“Our enrollment increase reflects our commitment to being a community college that is accessible, affordable and inclusive,” said Dr. Eric Mullen, dean of Student Success. “We believe that everyone has the potential to succeed, and we are here to support our students every step of the way.”

The number of students taking classes online is now very close to in-person students: 7,549 and 9,082, respectively.

“One of the many points of pride at GRCC, which is no doubt contributing to our fall enrollment figures, is the variety of our class offerings,” said Dr. Sheila Jones, the college’s interim provost. “GRCC faculty offer courses in ways that support student learning, goal achievement and scheduling needs. These include our in-person, online, hybrid and virtual offerings.”

Virtual courses meet online at scheduled times; hybrid classes combine online and in-person instruction.

The headcount figures do not include GRCC’s Workforce Training programs, which do not operate on a semester schedule.