DETROIT – Marygrove College, a private Catholic liberal arts school in Detroit, announced Wednesday, Aug. 9 it is discontinuing its undergraduate degree programs for the January 2018 semester.
Students who were already enrolled for the fall semester were directed to contact the college’s admissions office. Marygrove will still offer master’s degree programs.
“Regrettably, Marygrove has experienced the same enrollment and financial issues as many liberal arts colleges across the country and the state,” said Marygrove President Elizabeth Burns, in a press release. “Vigorous marketing and recruitment efforts have failed to provide sufficient revenue from our undergraduate programs to continue operations as usual. A recent analysis found that Marygrove is not sustainable in its current business model. And undergraduate enrollment is projected to be lower than last fall.”
Marygrove enrollment peaked in 2013 with more than 1,850 graduate and undergraduate students. In fall 2016, total enrollment had fallen to 966, according to the college. Marygrove was founded in 1905 in Monroe and moved to Detroit 90 years ago.
The college has notified incoming and returning students of the planned winter semester transition and will assist them to identify alternative colleges and universities that offer their program, according to the college. Marygrove is also assisting affected faculty and staff with career transitions.
“The Board of Trustees voted to continue with strong graduate studies and professional development because grad studies are sustainable and in demand,” said Kay Benesh, president of the Marygrove Board of Trustees. “It was also critical for Marygrove to remain the mainstay of this northwest Detroit community and an active partner with our neighbors in growing this community.”