Leaders of one university grapple with bitter reality: One-third drop in admissions applications

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 29May2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education examines why a prominent public university is facing difficult questions.

The precipitous drop is striking for a public flagship with a prominent national brand, one that has seen enrollment grow almost every year since the turn of the century.

In 2015 the student population reached a record high of 35,448. Come August, Mizzou plans to enroll about 30,700 students over all. Seven of its residence halls will be closed temporarily.

What happened during that two-year period is common knowledge … .

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