Missouri State Opening Enrollment Exceeds Expectations

Missouri State officials are pleased with the opening day’s enrollment despite the overall number being lower than last year.

The university’s overall enrollment is down 2.9%, but the school set a record in graduate student enrollment with a 10.7% increase.

“With COVID-19 and the decrease in the number of high school graduates, we fully expected to see a significant decrease in enrollment this fall,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a statement. “Over the last six months, we’ve implemented an aggressive communication plan to reassure new and returning students about our plans to safely reopen campus. We’re starting the semester in a much stronger position than we anticipated.”

The school’s official enrollment report won’t be released until September 24, but MSU officials cited areas that early attendance is showing increases:

  • The number of underrepresented students increased by 3.9% to 2,722.
  • Degree-seeking graduate student enrollment increased by 10.7% to 3,711.
  • The number of new undergraduate transfer students increased by 3.5% to 1,437.
  • Out of state enrollment increased by 8.7% to 2,975.

Change of schedule and late registration on the Springfield campus will continue through Friday.

(photo courtesy Missouri State)

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