Another record-breaking freshman enrollment predicted for MU

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 5:08 p.m. CDT; updated 10:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — Each year, MU's freshman classes get bigger and bigger.

As of Friday, the university collected 6,702 deposits from incoming freshmen. That is 354 more deposits than it had at this time in 2011 and 434 more than it had in 2010.

“Deposits are a really good indicator of how many students might be here in the fall, because deposits indicate a commitment,” MU spokesperson Christian Basi said.

Enrollment deposits were due for the incoming freshmen May 1.

“So typically, once we get past the month of May, we have a pretty good idea of which students have committed to coming,” Basi said.

The Division of Enrollment Management estimated that if past yield rates continue to hold, 6,450 freshmen will enroll for the fall semester. 

Basi said with this year's increase in freshmen, the university has to make sure the schools and colleges are equipped with enough classrooms and professors to accommodate the new students. The College of Engineering, Trulaske College of Business and School of Health Professions had the highest increases in enrollment deposits, with 124, 99 and 57, respectively, according to the Division of Enrollment Management.

The applications and deposits from Illinois students have increased even more than those of Missouri students. Applications from Illinois are up 1,203, and deposits are up 275, whereas Missouri applications have increased by 93, but the deposits have decreased by 89. 

In addition to its higher volume, the new freshman class has a 10 percent increase in deposits from students with an ACT score of 30 or higher.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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