Summer session opened this week at the University of Missouri, and enrollment has increased more than 2%. Overall, summer enrollment includes 13,697 students, an increase of 298 students from last year’s total of 13,396. This is an all-time high for summer enrollment at the University.
“We’re very pleased to see that students continue to recognize the educational opportunities available to them at Mizzou,” said Kim Humphrey, interim vice provost for enrollment management. “Our summer enrollment continues to grow at a healthy rate. Our mission to educate the future leaders of the state and nation continues.”
Undergraduate enrollment and students participating in online classes also increased this summer. Undergraduate enrollment increased by 4.7% to 9,185, up 413 students from last year. Students participating in classes managed by Mizzou Online, which includes on-campus and distance-learning students, increased by 13% from 7,255 in Summer 2015 to 8,112 in summer 2016.
“Our online enrollment numbers include both distance and campus students taking summer online classes and include any class that is facilitated by Mizzou Online,” said Kim Siegenthaler, director of Mizzou Online. “Mizzou continues to expand our online offerings to help our campus students take classes that might not fit into their regular schedules, simultaneously providing high-quality instruction to distance students who know that a Mizzou education will provide them with the best skills for their chosen areas.”
In February, University leaders said fall enrollment could decline by several hundred students. The unrest at the Columbia campus last fall is considered to have contributed to the decline. Incidents of racism on campus led students and the Mizzou football team to protest, calling for the resignation of then-President Tim Wolfe. Protesters weren’t satisfied with the way University leaders handled those incidents.
Former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said shortly after that he would be taking a research role at Mizzou.