Early numbers show downward trend in Mizzou enrollment

Early enrollment figures at the University of Missouri-Columbia indicate a small downward trend in applications for the fall semester, but officials say there’s more at play than the events of last year.

About two months after the resignation of UM System president Tim Wolfe amid criticism of his handling of a series of reported racist incidents, some faculty and administrators received a memorandum from the Office of the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management indicating a downward trend in fall enrollment.

Freshman applications overall for fall have decreased 4.87 percent, with a 3.29 percent decrease in African-American first-time college student applications.

Although officials don’t have specific data on the impact of last year’s events, spokesman Christian Basi said the university does expect a decrease in enrollment.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Missourian

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