As of May 1, a nationwide college decision date, the number of freshman enrollment deposits submitted to MU for the 2016 fall semester is substantially lower than previous years.
According to a report from the vice provost for enrollment management, just 4,738 students had paid their enrollment fee for next fall. That number is lower than last year’s total fall enrollment by 1,470 students, or nearly 24 percent.
The numbers are consistent with the projections in a March report by MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, who said MU expects 1,500 fewer students in the coming year.
Application totals were down only for non-residents, but the decline in paid enrollment fees was apparent for both residents and non-residents. There was also a decrease in graduate school applicants, down by 749.
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