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Enrollment Down 2.9 Percent At MSU This Fall, Less Than Anticipated

Scott Harvey

When classes began Monday at Missouri State University, there were 19,733 students enrolled on the Springfield campus.

Enrollment is down 2.9 percent, according to MSU officials.  But degree-seeking graduate student enrollment set a new record.  It’s up 10.7 percent.

MSU President Clif Smart said they expected to see a significant decrease in enrollment this fall.  But he said, even with the pandemic, they’re starting the semester in a much stronger position than they anticipated.

He attributes that to what he calls “an aggressive communication plan to reassure new and returning students about our plans to safety reopen campus.”

The university’s official enrollment report will be available September 24. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.