Central Michigan University welcoming largest freshman class in years

After yearly drops in Michigan high school graduation rates, Central Michigan University freshman classes have been growing smaller.

But this year is very different and today, is move in day.

"I'm nervous but excited" says Katie Farago of Frankenmuth.

Katie is taking her first step in to the college world.

"I'm going to be nervous finding my way around but excited to start a new chapter" says Katie.

Katie is one of more than 3,700 freshman flooding in to the residence halls this week.

CMU attracting the largest freshman class since 2011.

"It made me feel really homey when I came and visited, it was definitely the nicest college I went to visit" Katie says.

And that is the reason Central Michigan University president George Ross says more students are choosing his university.

"You're an alum, and when I say Fire Up Chips to you it means something" says Ross to NBC 25's Ahmad Bajjey.

"The discussion around campus is that if we can get someone to come to C-M-U, see us, touch us, and learn about our programs, we got them".

President Ross saying the new students moving in, coming from many different backgrounds, are all in it together.

"Academically, personally, we are a family here and we approach it that way" says Ross.

An approach Katie is more than ready to start.

"I feel like I'm going to make a lot of new friends, but there's also a lot of people from Frankenmuth coming so it well be a great time" she says.