Enrollment on the Springfield campus has grown by 3,588—over 17 percent—since 2011. Meanwhile, enrollment has declined 9.2 percent in the U.S. and by 11.3 percent in Missouri. No other public college or university in Missouri has experienced enrollment success like Missouri State. In fact, MSU is the only college or university in Missouri that has grown each of the last five years.
In 2019-20 we will see the impact of national and statewide enrollment trends as we anticipate a three percent enrollment reduction. This will result in reduced revenue of $4 to $5 million. More importantly, it will impair Missouri State’s progress toward its mission and vision.
We anticipated this enrollment reduction. Projections indicate a second enrollment reduction for 2020-21. We have worked for the past several years to reduce the impact of these projected reductions. It is imperative that we now shift our focus to stabilize enrollment in the years ahead and return the university on a growth trend.