MU welcomed a record-breaking 34,935 students on the first day of classes Aug. 25. The number of first-time college students is the second largest in the school’s history at 6,546, up from last year’s 6,227 and just behind 2012’s first-time college enrollment of 6,560. The fall 2014 student body set records in total undergraduate, minority, international and online enrollment, as well as high-ability students and retention rate.
Preliminary enrollment records show a significant increase in high-achieving students in the entering class. There was a 25 percent increase in students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, which increased the average ACT score for incoming students to 25.9 compared to 25.7 in 2013.
Ann Korschgen, vice provost for enrollment management, attributed the increase in high-ability students to the new scholarship initiatives that were announced in September 2013.
First-time college students enrolling in the fall 2014 semester could apply for the new Chancellor’s Award worth $6,500; the expanded Curators Award worth $4,500 (previous value was $3,500); and the expanded Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 (previous range was $2,000 to $5,500). There are 560 Bright Flight recipients, 288 Curators Scholars and 379 Chancellor’s Scholars in the freshman class.