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MU students hopeful for university’s comeback in new school year

Classes at the University of Missouri will officially begin Monday, but early projections say there could be fewer students on campus this year than in years past.

Although the official numbers won’t be out until mid October, the university started preparing toward the end of the 2016 school year.

University spokesperson Christian Basi told ABC 17 News back in April that the decline itself counts for $20 million dollars of a $32 million budget shortfall.

From the November protests to multiple department heads leaving to a reduced university budget, Mizzou had some new significant challenges to face.

ABC 17 News spoke with students on campus a day before the new school year starts to get their reactions. A majority of the students were very hopeful that the university would make a comeback.

“Everyone around here seems to love it, so I would say as long as your students are happy that’s the no. 1 thing for sure,” Joey Kuhlman, a junior majoring in Political Science said, “I think we’re in a good place right now.”

However, one student that ABC 17 News spoke with says he doesn’t think the university will make a comeback, saying the university’s reputation is over.

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