MU starts school year with more students than ever before

Monday, August 25, 2014 | 5:17 p.m. CDT; updated 6:46 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
MU was once again filled with students as the new school year kicked off. The number of students, 34,935, exceeded any previous year in all of MU's 175-year history.

COLUMBIA — MU has the largest student body it has ever had: 34,935 students, according to the MU News Bureau. The first-day enrollment record was one of several set Monday, the first day of classes.

First-day numbers also show:

  • The largest number of undergraduates: 27,411, up from 26,715 last year.
  • The number of international students has increased 10 percent, up to 2,323 from 2,109 last year.
  • The number of minority students has increased 5.3 percent, up to 5,386 from 5,116 last year.
  • Students are taking almost 24,000 credit hours of online-only classes.
  • The highest retention rate ever, with 86 percent of first-time freshmen returning for their sophomore year.

In the mood for some cheerful, optimistic first-day-of-school posts? Read on.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.  

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