Missouri State University — for the first time in at least the last five years — has topped the University of Missouri-Columbia as the top choice among students who took the ACT exam.
The ACT is the standardized college admission exam taken throughout the country. Last year, all of Missouri’s high school graduates took the test.
About 78 percent — or 53,000 students — of the graduating class of 2017 chose to reveal their top choice for college to the test-taking company.
Of those, 8.5 percent selected Missouri State in Springfield as their first choice; about 7.7 percent chose the University of Missouri — the state’s flagship — as their first choice.
This is just the latest blow to MU, which has been struggling to recoup its reputation since 2015 when racially charged student-lead protests erupted on the Columbia campus.
The top four schools picked as the first choice by Missouri ACT takers in 2017 were Missouri State, MU, University of Central Missouri, and University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Read more: Kansas City Star