For the second consecutive year, the University of Missouri expects a drop in enrollment for its fall freshman class.
About 4,000 first-time college students are expected to enroll in August, according to an MU news release. As of last Monday, 4,009 students paid the fall enrollment deposits, which is the figure officials used to make their projection. Last year at this time, that number was 4,738 students. That represents about a 15 percent drop.
Most freshmen are first-time college students, and when MU talks about the freshmen class, it means all first-time college students. Students can continue to enroll throughout the summer, so the projection could fluctuate. MU hasn’t enrolled fewer than 4,000 first-time students since 1999, according to MU enrollment data.
In preparation for the lower enrollment at MU, Residential Life decided to temporarily close seven residence halls for the 2017-2018 school year.
MU says it is taking a proactive approach to turn around its enrollment by creating the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. It will review student recruiting plans, tuition and financial models, student success planning and student yield, retention and degree persistence, with the goal of creating strategies and policies to aid MU enrollment efforts, according to a news release.