WEST PLAINS, Mo. – A total of 1,930 students are enrolled this fall at Missouri State University-West Plains, according to official enrollment statistics for the 2017 fall semester.
In 2016, 1,951 students were enrolled as of the close of business on the university’s official census day – the 20th day of the semester, university officials said.
“We are pleased that enrollment continues to be consistently above 1,900 students at a time when enrollment is projected to be down at almost every two-year college and several four-year colleges across Missouri,” said Chancellor Drew Bennett. “The fall enrollment numbers show that our increased focus on retention is paying off with a 6 percent increase in the retention rate of full-time freshman compared to last fall. Moving forward, we will focus on our mission of providing accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities, while continuing to expand our recruitment and retention efforts.”
Missouri State-West Plains’ final overall enrollment figure includes students taking classes on the university’s campuses in West Plains and Mountain Grove, as well as online, through dual credit/dual enrollment programs at area high schools, and through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) of which Missouri State-West Plains is a member.
In addition to the 1,930 students enrolled in Missouri State-West Plains courses this fall, 127 students are enrolled in the bachelor’s and master’s level courses offered at the West Plains campus through Missouri State-Springfield’s Outreach office. When Outreach’s figures are added to those for Missouri State-West Plains, a total of 2,057 students are being served by Missouri State-West Plains.