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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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Classes start this week at the University of Missouri.

Preliminary figures show that freshman enrollment is down 1400 compared to last year.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi said that officials expected the lower enrollment due to fewer high school graduates, increased competition from schools in the SEC and the campus unrest that led to protests and administrative resignations. About 4800 freshmen are enrolled this fall at the Columbia campus.

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The University of Missouri is now projecting a drop in enrollment of 2,630 students for the next school year, which will contribute to a $31.4 million revenue shortfall for MU next year.

University of Missouri leaders briefed faculty and staff Wednesday with the latest figures on enrollment and the budget for the next fiscal year. Vice Chancellor of Finance Rhonda Gibler explained the cuts necessary to right the ship at MU will not be easy.

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The University of Missouri reports record enrollment at its flagship Columbia campus as fall classes begin.

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The University of Missouri is expecting fewer freshmen this fall as compared to last year.

A memo from Ann Korschgen, the university's vice provost for enrollment management, and Barbara Rupp, director of admissions, estimates freshman enrollment this fall at 6,165 based on current deposits. That's a drop of nearly 480 from last year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that officials say the university has anticipated the drop in freshmen as the number of high school students in Missouri and the Midwest declines.

MU transfer students enrollment on decline

May 30, 2013
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  The MU Office of Admissions and Summer Welcome team greeted incoming transfer students today. Director of Admissions Barbara Rupp says over the past couple years the total number of transfer students at MU has started to decline. Rupp believes students are more place-bound than they used to be due to the economy.