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MU’s Student Body Increases by More Than 900 on First Day of School

Minority, freshman and online student numbers increase

Aug. 20, 2012

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Christian Basi,, 573-882-4430

By Jerett Rion

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s evident that the lazy days of summertime are over as Columbia’s population jumped by more than 34,000 over the weekend. Today, the University of Missouri family welcomed 900 more students to campus compared to this time last year. Mizzou set another record in total enrollment, 34,255, up 937 students compared to the first day of school last year. The number of minority students and freshmen also increased.

“As MU continues to be the number one choice for Missouri high school seniors, we are pleased to see a continued rise in the geographic, intellectual and ethnic diversity of our campus,” said Ann Korschgen, vice provost for enrollment management. “High ability, minority, out-of-state students and international students all increased this year. By exposing our students to their talented peers from throughout the world, Mizzou is becoming a global destination for students from all backgrounds.”

The number of minority students rose this year as 4,940 minority students were enrolled compared to 4,480 last year, an increase of 10.3 percent. The number of African-American students rose by 7.8 percent to 2,404, and the number of Hispanic students rose by 10.5 percent to 975.

The number of Bright Flight students, one measure of quality of the freshman class, rose by 9.4 percent. This year’s mean ACT score of 25.7 remained the same as last fall. In comparison, students across the state of Missouri averaged 21.6 on their ACT, and students throughout the nation had an average score of 21.1 on the ACT.

“These incoming students can expect a successful experience at Mizzou given that our graduation rate is now 70.7 percent, which is the highest in our history,” Korschgen said.

MU officials also are experiencing more demand in the number of online courses taken through the university. Today, 3,659 students are enrolled in one or more courses taught completely online.

“With the advancing technology in today’s world, online education is becoming increasingly important,” Korschgen said. “Whether students choose to receive their degrees online, in a classroom, or a combination of both, every degree represents a quality education from MU.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please see table below. Official enrollment figures will be available after the 20th day of classes.


Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Difference
First-Time Freshmen 6,168 6,560* +392 students (+6.4%)
Minority Freshmen 1,099 1,261* +162 students (+14.7%)
Undergraduate students 25,814 26,821* +1,007 students (+3.9%)
Total Minority 4,480 4,940* +460 students (+10.3%)
Bright Flight 456 499 +43 students (+9.4%)
Mean ACT (freshman class) 25.7 25.7 No Change
Retention Rate 85.1% 83.8% -1.3%
Total Enrollment 33,318 34,255* +937 students (+2.8%)

* indicates record figure