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MSU Reaches First Day Enrollment Record

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It’s the first day of school for Missouri State students and university officials say there are more students enrolled this year than ever before. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

There are over 17,000 students enrolled this semester… that is an increase of four percent over last year.

Don Simpson is the associate vice president for enrollment services.

He says everyone at the enrollment services was worried that the economy would affect how many students would register for this semester.

“One of the areas where we are up is students who are returning to the university after an absence of a year or more and that accounts for almost half of our increase. But, we are up in new freshman, new transfer students, new students seeking graduate degrees, pretty much up across the board,” Simpson said.

Simpson says at the beginning of the summer the university was nowhere close to setting an enrollment record.

He says a lot of students registered late in the summer.

Simpson says the official enrollment statistics won’t be available until the end of September.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.