Marygrove College in Detroit abruptly ends undergrad program

Students in a Detroit college were just a few weeks away from the fall semester when the undergraduate program suddenly calls it quits.

After 90 years, Marygrove College in Detroit officially announced on Wednesday that it's closing its undergraduate program and starting in the winter of 2018, it will only focus on graduate classes.

"I'm very disappointed especially for my teammates and my coaches. We had a big plan this year - to win," Takein Dixson said.

Tuition for the college is $21,000 but increasing it just wasn't an option because students simply couldn't afford.

"What that analysis showed was that our graduate programs were very cost-effective but our undergraduate programs were not," Marygrove college President Dr. Elizabeth Burns said.

Records show nearly 90% of undergrad students receive some form of financial aid. It's not just the lack of funds, enrollment is down as well. In 2013, Marygrove had more than 1,850 students. By the fall of 2016, it had dropped all the way to 966.

The end of the program definitely caught students by surprise.

"It's crazy. I just pick my classes two days ago and now this. It's crazy," Dixson said.

The school is 62% black and Dr. Burns says historically black colleges are struggling right now. She also said she would work with students to find them a new school so their education would not be interrupted.

"I didn't even have an idea that the enrollment was going down. I don't understand why because this is such a great campus and this is such a Great school. The professors and everyone here are awesome," Alondra Martinez said.

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