Student enrollment at the University of Missouri has declined by over 2,000, according to preliminary totals the school released Monday.
The decrease was expected, but still presents a problem: Fewer students means less tuition revenue.
Some believe last year’s racially-charged protests, which resulted in the resignations of UM System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, had an effect on enrollment totals. Others point to changing high school demographics and competition from colleges in neighboring states.
Even with the budget shortfall, there is still room for hope. According to the university, the newest freshman class boasts record-setting ACT scores.
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