Universities Attract Freshmen
Student populations at Stephens College and the University of Missouri are changing.
Stephens College is opening it's doors to about 285 new freshman and transfer students this fall. That's a 15 percent increase from this time last year, and a 47 percent increase from when the university began its "Renaissance Plan" three years ago - a plan designed in part to increase enrollment. University officials credit several factors for the increase.
"Strong academic programs in what our students are looking for, brand recognition. Again when they come on campus and feel and sense the excitement and hopefully we do a better job of recruiting each year," explained Stephens College Dean of Enrollment David Adams.
The University of Missouri is also welcoming a number of new students. Freshman enrollment is up by three percent, but university officials say the overall rate is flat. The opening of new dormitories, increased scholarship opportunities and the welcoming atmosphere at Mizzou are being used to draw students to the university.
"When we can get students on the Mizzou campus, Mizzou sells itself, it really does," explained Barbara Rupp, University of Missouri Director of Admissions.
Mizzou's freshman class this year, however, does welcome a large number of "bright flight" Missouri students - those who score at least 30 on the American College Test. Mizzou also welcomes the second largest class of African American freshman in the past decade.
Stephens College increased enrollment comes as the school prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary next spring.