SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University reported a slight decline in first-day enrollment at its main campus in Springfield and its satellite campus in West Plains.
The decline follows five years of enrollment increases at the Springfield campus.
The university said 18,738 were enrolled at Springfield when classes opened Monday, down 132 from the first day of last year's fall semester. Monday's enrollment at West Plains was 1,875 — down by 149 from the first day last year.
Still, administrators expect total enrollment at the two campuses to approach last year's record of 23,092 when the official census is taken on the 20th day of classes. Those numbers will be reported Sept. 22.