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Missouri State University's enrollment dropped slightly this semester for the first time in eight years. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.
Missouri State University's enrollment drops for the first time in eight years.
The drop accounts for less than a one-percent decrease in enrollment for this spring compared to the spring semester of 2005.
Nearly 17,000 students currently attend Missouri State.
Donald Simpson is the assistant vice-president for enrollment management and services.
He says many factors account for the decrease in enrollment this semester.
Simpson says Missouri State has increased admission requirements for incoming freshman for nine of the past 11 years.
He says enrollment looks to be increasing for the fall semester of 2006.
An official report on the number of students for the spring 2006 semester at Missouri State will not be finalized until the fourth week of classes.