Missouri State University’s Springfield Campus will open the fall semester with 19,415 students, a 3.1 percent increase. Enrollment on opening day at Missouri State-West Plains is 1,920, up 1.3 percent from last year, when 1,894 students were enrolled for classes on opening day.
Official census is taken on the 20th day of classes. Official enrollment reports will be available Sept. 18. Official system enrollment has increased 15 of 17 years from 1995 to 2012.
“The campus community has worked diligently both to deliver on our promise for a tremendous education and to tell the Missouri State story more widely to prospective students at all levels,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “The fall enrollment is evidence that we are succeeding in both. Our state and our nation benefit when we enroll more students in college. That is always our primary goal.”
The number of first-time freshmen enrolled on opening day is 2,698, up 211 (8.5 percent) compared to last year. Officials noted that freshman enrollment increased despite a decline in Missouri high school graduates. Enrollment of first-time freshmen from Missouri increased by 5 percent, while the number from out-of-state increased by 36.9 percent. New transfer enrollment stood at 1,718, up 136 (8.6 percent). The number of historically underrepresented students is up 9.5 percent, from 2,027 to 2,220.
The College of Business had a substantial enrollment increase, with 4,793 students enrolled, up 289 (6.4 percent). “The College of Business has worked very hard to offer high quality programs, which has contributed to our increase in enrollment,” said Dr. Stephanie Bryant, College of Business dean. “We are gratified that our efforts have been rewarded.”
In addition, health-related programs in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) showed strong enrollment numbers, with enrollment at 3,971, up 236 (6.3 percent). “Enrollment in CHHS programs has increased more than 25 percent over the past five years as students continue to seek preparation for careers in health and human services,” said Dr. Helen Reid, CHHS dean. “Our graduates enjoy good salaries, high placement rates, job security and the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives.”
Late registration will continue on the Springfield campus through Aug. 23, 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.