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Missouri State opening day enrollment up

Monday, August 18, 2014

Students listen to professorWith an increase over last year’s fall semester opening day enrollment, Missouri State University is poised to set another enrollment record when the official census is conducted in September.

Missouri State University’s Springfield campus opened the fall semester with 19,816 students, a 2.1 percent increase. Enrollment on opening day at Missouri State-West Plains is 1,928, up from the 1,920 students enrolled for classes on opening day last fall.

Official census is taken on the 20th day of classes. Official enrollment reports will be available Sept. 17. Official system enrollment has increased 16 of 18 years from 1995 to 2013.

“It’s always exciting when students are back on campus,” said Clifton M. Smart III, Missouri State president. “There are so many new things happening all around campus this fall. And we’re pleased to be headed toward another record enrollment, which speaks to the quality of the programs and experiences we provide for students.”

The number of first-time students enrolled on opening day is 2,807, up 109 (4 percent) compared to last year. Officials noted that the enrollment of first-time new students increased despite a decline in Missouri high school graduates. The number of new degree seeking graduate students is 756, up 42 (5.9 percent). In addition, the number of underrepresented students is 2,379, up 159 (7.2 percent).

The College of Business had a substantial enrollment increase, with 250 more students than the 4,793 enrolled on opening day last fall. “The College of Business is excited to add 250 new students on top of the 251 new students from last year,” said Dr. Stephanie Bryant, College of Business dean. “Together, that’s nearly a 10 percent increase in what is already the largest college of business at any public university in the central Midwest.”

In addition, health-related programs in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) showed strong enrollment numbers, with an increase of 202 more than the 3,971 enrolled last year on opening day. “Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services are committed to helping new and continuing students achieve their career goals by offering quality programs that are accessible and affordable,” said Dr. Helen Reid, CHHS dean. “The college continues to experience growth in a number of our accredited graduate programs in the health and human services, including nurse anesthesia, nursing practice, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health and social work programs.”

Late registration will continue on the Springfield campus through Aug. 22, and registration in high school dual credit courses and other special courses will continue through early September.

Missouri State remains the second largest university in the state.

Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management, encourages high school seniors who are interested in Missouri State to apply early in their senior year. For information on admission and registration at the Springfield campus, call (417) 836-5517 or (800) 492-7900 or visit Missouri State on the web at www.missouristate.edu.

For information on the Missouri State-West Plains campus, call (417) 255-7955 or visit www.wp.missouristate.edu.

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