In 2017, the University of Missouri narrowly surpassed Missouri State University in enrollment of freshmen from Missouri, drawing five more first-year students from inside the state.
This year, MU’s margin in that category has ballooned to 600 students.
MU’s number of freshmen from Missouri shot up 15.4 percent this year, to 3,179. By contrast, MSU’s total dropped 6.2 percent, to 2,579.
Representatives from both schools attribute the swing to MU’s efforts to boost recruiting and reduce costs.
Spokesman Christian Basi said MU made financial changes, including reduction of room and board fees and textbook costs, and expansion of scholarship opportunities.
He credited Missouri lawmakers with helping MU control price increases by maintaining core funding for the university.
Even with MU working to control costs, it remains a more expensive option than MSU. At MU, in-state tuition is $11,252. At MSU, in-state tuition is $7,376.
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