MU freshman enrollment expected to top 6,600

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 4:44 p.m. CDT; updated 10:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — Another record-breaking freshmen class is headed to MU.

Enrollment for first-time college students is expected to be about 6,450. More than 20,000 students applied, and 6,642 have paid freshmen deposits. At this time last year, only 17,000 students had applied for MU admission, with 6,250 paying deposits.

Ann Korschgen, MU vice provost for enrollment management, sees the growth as a chance for more diversity on campus.

"We are pleased that this class will represent a continuing increase in ethnic and geographic diversity as well as an increase in the number of students with the very highest ACT scores," Korschgen said in a news release.

Applications from African American students increased by 529 from last year, and applications from Hispanic students increased by 224.

The College of Engineering and Trulaske College of Business saw the biggest increase in student deposits, up 125 and 89 respectively. The College of Arts and Science and College of Education saw drops of 57 and 31.

Transfer applications from Missouri students decreased by 92 in comparison to this time last year. However, transfer applications and deposits from out-of-state students continues to increases.

Classes begin Aug. 20.

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.

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Cole Kennedy August 2, 2012 | 9:40 p.m.

Any information on the average ACT score for the incoming class and how it relates to past classes and the university average?

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