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Another fall, another record enrollment

Another fall, another record enrollment

We’re happy to welcome new Bears!

Official enrollment for the Missouri State University system hit a new milestone in fall 2016 with 26,000 students.

The previous record of 24,735 students was established in fall 2015.

In addition, the Springfield campus set a new record with a total of 24,116 students enrolled, up 1,282 (5.6 percent) from 22,834 students in fall 2015. Since 2011, enrollment on the Springfield campus has grown by 3,314 students (15.9 percent).

On the West Plains campus, the census day figures show 1,951 students taking classes in fall 2016 compared to last year’s overall tally of 1,993 students. West Plains credit hour total is 18,910, up 706 (3.9 percent) from fall 2015.

Some 67 students are enrolled on both campuses; these students were only counted once in the system total.

These official enrollment figures are based on the 20th day of classes, the state of Missouri’s official enrollment census date.

Students from all but one of Missouri’s counties, 47 other states and 89 countries are enrolled at Missouri State this fall.

“Enrollment at Missouri State University has grown by more than 15 percent since 2011,” said Missouri State University President Clif Smart. “We believe that steady growth indicates that students and families trust Missouri State to provide a quality education. We’re especially pleased that we have growth in areas of importance to the university, including students from underrepresented groups and transfer students.”

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By the numbers

Highlights of the fall enrollment report for the Springfield campus

New transfer students: 1,782, up 110 (A new record for fall semester transfers!)

Total number of degree-seeking undergraduates: 17,535, up 702

Students in the dual credit program: 2,780, up 631

Students from underrepresented groups: 2,978, up 182

Total credit hours: 270,353, up 12,360