(KTTS News) — Missouri State University in Springfield reporting record enrollment this fall.
The freshman class grew 22.1% from last fall to fall of 2023, the biggest fall-to-fall increase in history.
Fall enrollment in Springfield was up 3.9%, just short of the all-time high enrollment set in 2018.
Graduate school enrollment is up 1.7%, also a new record.
Enrollment on the Missouri State-West Plains campus is up 2%.
And total system enrollment is up 3.8%.
Missouri State University in Springfield set several enrollment records this fall.
The freshmen class at Missouri State saw the biggest fall-to-fall increase in history. Total freshmen enrollment is 2,782, up 504 students or 22.1%.
The university also set a new enrollment record for graduate students, with 4,295 enrolled, up 71 students or 1.7%.
Fall enrollment on the Springfield campus is just 166 students short of the all-time high enrollment, set in 2018. Enrollment increased by 917 students to 24,224, a 3.9% increase over last fall.
The total number of credit hours taken by Missouri State students is also up 3.4% over last fall.
Enrollment on the Missouri State -West Plains campus was up 2% to 1,779.
Total system enrollment is 25,935, up 957 or 3.8%. A total of 68 students were enrolled on both campuses and were only counted once in the system total.
“We’re thrilled to see such strong enrollment numbers for this fall,” said MSU President Clif Smart. “This growth is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff, and to the quality of education we offer. We’re committed to providing our students with the resources and support they need to succeed, and we’re excited to welcome this new class of Bears to Missouri State.”
Students come from all 114 counties and an independent city in Missouri; 50 states plus the District of Columbia, territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and military locations; and 96 other countries.
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