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Missouri State’s Springfield campus sees record spring enrollment

Spring system enrollment also at record high
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Students walk across a snowy campusFollowing a record breaking spring enrollment last year, Missouri State University’s Springfield campus set another record. The official spring 2014 enrollment on the Springfield campus is 20,473 students, up from 19,919 in spring 2013.

In addition to the 20,473 students on the Springfield campus, 1,667students are enrolled on the West Plains campus. Some 83 students are enrolled on both campuses; these students were only counted once in the system total. The unduplicated total of 22,057 is a spring semester enrollment record for the Missouri State University system.

The spring 2014 official enrollment figures are based on the 20th day of classes, the State of Missouri’s official enrollment census date.

Most of the growth on the Springfield campus is attributable to students returning from the record fall 2013 enrollment. Transfer students continue to be a growth category, with 671 new transfers enrolled this semester, a 4.5 percent increase over spring 2013. The university has experienced growth in spring semester transfer enrollment for the past several years.

“Transfer students are very important to us,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “In 2013, 47 percent of our new undergraduates came to us as transfer students. We have worked hard to build relationships with community colleges and to serve those students who transfer to us.”

The university is also continuing to see growth in the enrollment of students who are taking most of their courses online. The number of students in that category this semester is 1,406, up 402 (40 percent) over spring 2013.

The three departments that experienced the largest numerical increase over spring 2013 were:

  • Biomedical sciences, up 90 (15.8 percent)
  • Management, up 95 (11.3 percent)
  • Finance and general business, up 97 (11.1 percent)

“Students planning to attend Missouri State for the summer or fall 2014 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 5. 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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