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MU expects larger freshman enrollment for fall, Lincoln University projects 25% drop


University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said Wednesday that fall enrollment at the University of Missouri is up from this time last year.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Lincoln University says freshman enrollment in the fall could drop by 25%.

MU looks at increased freshman and transfer enrollment

Choi spoke at a UM System town hall for retirees on Wednesday. During the meeting, Choi took questions about the state of the university system and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the system's four universities.

Freshman and transfer enrollment are up at three of the four system universities compared to this time last year, Choi said. The system president and interim MU Chancellor said the University of Missouri-St. Louis was the only school that had reported a decline in enrollment.

On Tuesday, MU spokesman Christian Basi said more than 5,400 freshmen had paid enrollment deposits for the fall 2020 semester.

Basi said COVID-19 dashed the university's hopes for any serious increases in enrollment.

"This pandemic has completely changed how we have been able to review our numbers and there really are no expectations that we have had for the last several months," Basi said.

Basi wasn't able to provide how many freshmen were enrolled for the fall semester compared to this time last year.

LU anticipates lower enrollment for summer and fall

The Lincoln University Board of Curators met Monday going over potential enrollment declines for upcoming 2020 sessions.

Young said summer enrollment is down 46% compared to this time last year and 25% for the fall semester for the same period of time.

In an email, Young said 510 students are registered for fall classes, which is down from 676 registered last year.

On April 17, the university said its summer classes will be held online because of COVID-19.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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