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)