MU enrollment increases for spring semester, no housing issues

Friday, January 7, 2011 | 3:09 p.m. CST; updated 5:48 p.m. CST, Friday, January 7, 2011
Attendance at MU will increase slightly this Spring semester compared with last year's totals. Figures represent students enrolled as of Jan. 3.

COLUMBIA — It might not be obvious, but MU will be a little more crowded this spring semester.

The number of students enrolled at MU two weeks before the spring semester begins increased 5.1 percent from 2010, from 26,256 to 27,589, according to statistics provided by MU spokesman Christian Basi.

Three types of students increased in number:

  • Undergraduate student enrollment increased 5.8 percent, to 22,104 from 20,895.
  • Graduate student enrollment increased 1.5 percent, to 4,301 from 4,239.
  • Professional student enrollment increased 5.5 percent, to 1,184 from 1,122.

“It’s a nice and modest increase,” Basi said. All the numbers, though, are still preliminary and “are more than likely to change,” he added.

Despite the increase in students, Kristen Temple, associated director for Residential Academic Programs, said housing won't be an issue in the coming semester.

“Usually in spring semester, we wouldn’t anticipate running out of space unless there is an unanticipated surge,” Temple said. 

Roughly 200 new residential hall contracts were signed as of Thursday, and 6,284 fall semester students are returning to the halls, according to the Office of Residential Life.

It is likely that there will be enough beds for all students that have a need, Temple said. Students can also apply for housing as long as there is space, she added.

All 53 students who remained housed in Prunty Hall on the Stephens College campus because of a housing shortage this past fall have been reassigned to either core residence halls or extended campus housing.

At the end of the fall semester, the students who were living in Prunty Hall were given boxes for their personal belongings. Tuesday, the university hired White Moving & Storage to take the boxes to the students' new addresses and e-mailed the new housing assignments, Temple said.

Residence halls are closed for winter break and will reopen Jan. 13. Classes begin Jan. 18.

Gillett Hall, currently under renovation, will reopen in August 2011, and Mark Twain Residence Hall will close in December 2011, Temple said.

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Paul Allaire January 7, 2011 | 4:38 p.m.

That 5.1 percent is just slightly off the amount that the population of the state increased in ten years.

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