With a record number of 33,766 students enrolled in Genesee County’s two colleges, four universities and eight satellite campuses, it is clear Flint has successfully become a “College Town.”

These high enrollment numbers are attributed to local colleges and universities offering a vast range of degree programs, new downtown loft and dorm options, increased international enrollment and schedule flexibility for working students.

“Having a University of Michigan campus in the heart of downtown Flint is an important factor,” said Ruth J. Person, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint. “People in this community are committed to pursuing their degrees locally, helping to make Genesee County a global leader in higher education opportunities.”

The influx in college graduates is accelerating the area’s competitiveness by creating a workforce that is prepared for employment in growing sectors where jobs are knowledge-based.

Kettering University students’ engagement in the community positively impacts the region’s economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship. “Kettering’s students and faculty represent a significant source of local intellectual capital, which together with Kettering’s excellent laboratories, are key assets of our `College Town’,” said Dr. Stan Liberty, President, Kettering University.

Flint-Genesee County’s educational institutes are celebrating individual victories. U of M-Flint was named the fastest growing public college in the state. At 13,000 students, Mott Community College experienced the highest enrollment numbers in its 87-year history, and Baker boasts a 98% employment rate among available graduates.

“The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is a strong advocate for higher education and continuous, lifelong learning,” said Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “These exceptional institutions attracting young minds is another great example of partners working together  in Flint-Genesee County.”