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Missouri State’s Springfield campus sees record spring enrollment

System enrollment also at record high
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Official enrollment numbers for Missouri State University’s Springfield campus and the Missouri State system set new spring enrollment records. The official spring 2013 enrollment on the Springfield campus is 19,919 students, up from 19,715 in spring 2012.

In addition to the 19,919 students on the Springfield campus, 1,768 students are enrolled on the West Plains campus. Some 58 students are enrolled on both campuses; these students were only counted once in the system total. The unduplicated total of 21,629 is believed to be a spring semester enrollment record for the Missouri State University system.

The spring 2013 official enrollmHill Hallent figures are based on the 20th day of classes, the State of Missouri’s official enrollment census date.

Enrollment of students from under-represented groups increased by 11.8 percent to 2,105 students and enrollment of international students increased by 12.4 percent to 1,397 students.

Spring enrollment on the Springfield campus was largely fueled by significant increases in the following areas:

  • High school dual credit is up 6.8 percent to 1,953 students
  • Executive MBA is up 58.9 percent to 178 students
  • English Language Institute is up 40.4 percent to 212 students

Missouri State also saw significant increases in the number of students primarily taking courses online, up 20.5 percent to 1,004, and students predominantly taking evening courses, up 8.9 percent to 1,750.

“Students are interested in having more options in how and when they take classes,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “In response, in recent years we’ve increased the number of classes and degrees that are offered in the evenings or online.”

The biggest percentage increase in enrollment occurred in the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, which has 488 students enrolled this year (up from 432 last year), an increase of 13 percent.

“Generous donors continue to provide new opportunities for agriculture students,” said Smart. “Dr. Norm Shealy’s recent gift of his 250-acre Fair Grove farm – which includes farmland, livestock, a conference center and other structures – will allow us to expand our cattle operations.”

Other departments that have seen strong growth since spring 2012 include the following:

  • Computer science increased by 23.1 percent to 197
  • Criminology and criminal justice increased by 12.8 percent to 520

“Students planning to attend Missouri State for the summer or fall 2013 semesters are encouraged to apply soon,” said Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management, who noted that the university is experiencing an increase in applications from new students for the fall semester.

Simpson noted that the university’s priority deadline to apply for financial aid is March 31.

“Students interested in taking graduate classes should apply at least 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the semester,” said Dr. Thomas Tomasi, associate dean of the Graduate College. “To be considered for a graduate assistantship, which includes a monthly stipend and a fee waiver, students are encouraged to apply 6-9 months before the semester begins.”

Information for prospective students, including freshmen, transfer and graduate students, can be found on the Future Students website at http://www.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/.

Information on programs available online, off-campus and during the evening is available through the Missouri State Outreach website at outreach.missouristate.edu.

The university will host Showcase, a special program for prospective undergraduates, on April 20. More information is available at www.missouristate.edu/admissions/showcase.htm.

For information about admission to Missouri State, call (417) 836-5517 or (800) 492-7900 or visit www.missouristate.edu.

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