Incoming class expected to top 5,450; officials attribute increase to focus on affordability, quality
May 02, 2019
Christian Basi, BasiC@missouri.edu, 573-882-4430
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri is again expecting a double-digit percentage jump in the size of its freshman class based on early deposits. Thus far, 5,460 students have paid enrollment deposits for the fall, a more than 15% jump from fall’s 2018 class of 4,696. Officials said that students can continue to enroll throughout the summer, so the final number could change between now and August.
“We are delighted that so many students have chosen to make Mizzou their academic home,” Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “From our outstanding and comprehensive academic offerings to an unparalleled campus experience, there is no better choice these students could have made. We can’t wait to welcome these new Tigers to campus.”
The projected average ACT of MU’s incoming freshman class is over 26, making the class among the best and brightest in the state and in MU’s history.
Under Cartwright’s leadership, Mizzou has been focused on affordability and the student experience. MU’s colleges and schools have been working to attract researchers who are recognized as leaders in their fields in the nation and throughout the world. Many students have gained valuable experience by working directly with these faculty as undergraduates.
“We already knew that Mizzou was a great place to learn and grow,” said Kim Humphrey, vice provost for enrollment management. “I think these numbers show that students and their families recognize the inherent value in a Mizzou degree. I am proud of our whole team for their efforts to let students know why it’s never been a better time to commit to the University of Missouri.”
The growth in enrollment at Mizzou occurred amid the backdrop of declining enrollment at many universities across the country due to increased competition for students and demographic shifts. Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, attributed the university’s success to its many academic opportunities.
“At Mizzou, we offer world-class educational opportunities — opportunities to be taught at the undergraduate level by leading scholars in their fields,” Ramchand said. “It was no coincidence that a professor who spent his career at Mizzou won the Nobel Prize last year. George P. Smith epitomizes the kind of teachers we have here — humble, accessible and brilliant.”
During the past few years, the university has lowered housing and dining costs and expanded scholarship opportunities, including Missouri Land Grant Scholars, Border State Scholars, ROTC scholarships and scholarships for transfer students.
Mizzou’s official enrollment figures will be available after the fourth week of classes.
Students who are interested in enrolling in the university should contact the Office of Admissions at 573-882-7786.