MU receives bump in freshman enrollment from out-of-state students

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 4:20 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CORRECTION: MU's last three *total enrollment figures broke earlier university records, MU spokesman Christian Basi said. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the status of MU's enrollment records.

COLUMBIA — The size of the 2011 MU freshman class is expected to receive a slight bump thanks to out-of-state applicants.

As of the May 1 enrollment fee deadline, 6,287 students had reserved their spot in the 2011 freshman class, according to Ann Korschgen, vice provost of enrollment management. By this time last year, 6,204 students had paid their enrollment deposits. These enrollment numbers do not include transfer students.

Enrollment from out-of-state residents accounts for the slight jump in enrollment deposits, up 182 from last year.

In contrast, in-state enrollment deposits dropped by 96. Korschgen said the drop is because the state is expected to produce about 2,500 fewer high school graduates in 2010. She said the number of high school graduates will continue to fall in the coming years and will affect enrollment numbers in the future.

“We have put a tremendous effort into recruiting out-of-state students, especially given that we knew that the number of Missouri high school graduates would begin dropping,” Korschgen said.

Minority enrollment numbers are also on the rise, with MU receiving 25 more deposits from African-American applicants and 27 more from Hispanic applicants.

MU's last three *total enrollment figures broke earlier university records, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.

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