MSU-West Plains

Classes began Monday at Missouri State University-West Plains with an increased enrollment.

University officials said 1,827 students were enrolled as of Sunday evening –– higher than the 1,619 enrolled on last year’s first day. Figures included enrollment numbers from Missouri State-West Plains’ extended campus in Mountain Grove, online courses and early enrollees in the dual credit/dual enrollment classes being offered this fall at several area high schools.

“We are excited about the upcoming academic year and are pleased to have more students on campus for the first day of classes,” said Chancellor Drew Bennett. “The numbers will continue to fluctuate until census day because we have some programs still registering students for classes.”

Bennett explained the official number, which is compiled on the 20th day of classes, is normally higher than the first-day enrollment figure due in large part to the extended registration period for such programs as VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) and some high school dual credit classes.

In addition to these students, 107 students are enrolled in the bachelor’s and master’s degree courses offered on site and via interactive television (ITV) by Missouri State University’s Outreach Program on the West Plains campus.

For more about Missouri State-West Plains, its programs and registration deadlines, visit or call 417-255-7955.

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