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July 12, 2012 Volume 33, No. 34

Largest ever freshman class expected for fall semester

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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION Summer Welcome is an orientation program for freshman. Its headquartered on campus this summer in the Rollins Commons. About 6,450 freshmen are projected to attend Mizzou for the fall semester. Rachel Coward photo


Freshman deposits are up compared to last year’s

Mizzou’s freshman class just keeps getting bigger. The campus expects a record-breaking enrollment of roughly 6,450 students, said Ann Korschgen, vice provost of enrollment management.

Last year, MU received 17,904 applications for fall; as of July 1, freshman applications were 20,295 for the fall semester, enrollment records show. Of those, 557 applications were from students from other countries.

Freshman deposits (an enrollment fee of $150) have increased by 380 from fall 2011 to total 6,702, as of July 1, records show. Deposits from African-American students are up by nearly 400.

Residential Life is working hard to accommodate the large freshman class. 

Possibilities include converting study rooms back to residence rooms, placing freshmen temporarily with student staff members and continuing the use of the “extended campus option,” in which students live in apartments while following Residential Life guidelines, said Residential Life Director Frankie D. Minor.

In July and August, MU may lose some students due to housing demand on campus, Korschgen said. But the attrition rate isn’t expected to be higher than past years.

“We have a terrific incoming class and many people from across campus are working hard to ensure that these students are accommodated when they arrive on opening day,” Korschgen said.



Money from enrollment from past years helped balance the UM System budget. Read about the system's fiscal 2013 budget in this week's issue here: