Missouri State University in West Plains will host a career fair Sept. 10 in Mountain Grove.

Official enrollment for the Missouri State University system is up for the fall 2013 semester with 23,838 students enrolled, a new system record. The previous milestone was 23,092 in in fall 2010.

A total of 21,798 students are enrolled on the Springfield campus, up 739 students from 21,059 last fall. Springfield students represent every Missouri county, every other state and the District of Columbia and 85 other countries. On the West Plains campus, 2,123 students are enrolled, an increase of 21 students over last fall’s total of 2,102. Some 83 students are enrolled on both campuses; these students were only counted once in the system total.

 “Our goal is to make Missouri State the ‘university of choice’ for students not only in Missouri, but throughout the Midwest and even nationally,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III.  “Missouri State’s breadth of leading academic programs, high-caliber faculty, enviable campus and facilities, and a competitive price combine to make the university a true value. I think the enrollment this fall is indicative of that.”

Highlights for the official fall enrollment report include:

•There are 2,693 first-time freshmen enrolled, up 202 (8.1 percent) during a year when Missouri saw a drop in the number of high school graduates. Their average ACT is 24.0, well above state and national averages; 85.2 percent were in the top half of their graduating class; and 60.5 percent had a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher

•The total number of transfer students is 1,754, up 139 (8.6 percent), a record for fall semester transfers. 

•The number of underrepresented students is 2,413, up 172 (7.7 percent). 

Missouri State remains the second largest university in the state. The fall 2013 official enrollment figures are based on the 20th day of classes, the Missouri’s official enrollment census date.

On the West Plains campus, 2,123 students are enrolled, an increase of 21 students over last fall’s total of 2,102.

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