MWSU Freshmen Enrollment on the Rise

Published 08/21 2014 02:04PM

Updated 08/21 2014 02:20PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A new set of Griffons stepped onto Missouri Western grounds, ready to tackle their college career.

Nearly 1,100 first-year freshmen enrolled this year. That's the largest incoming class the university has seen in a while.

"For all Freshman, we're up about five percent. For students coming from up direct from high school, we're up about 8.8 percent," said Tyson Schank, Director of Admissions at Missouri Western.

Khadijat Badejo, one of the incoming freshmen, plans to study biology.

University officials say many of their students are eager to get in the books.

"The academic quality of the class coming in is higher. Our average ACT continues to go up," said Schank.

"I really want to get a 4.0 [GPA] the whole time. So, I'm going to try my hardest," she said.

But because freshman enrollment is high, Tyson Schank, the Director of Admissions, said it's been tough making sure students get into their desired classes.

"Adding courses, adding additional seats to sections when we can. And so, we've really been able to accommodate most of those struggles that you normally face with those large classes," he said.

Schank said the administration adjusted things around to get used to the big numbers, and now, they are looking forward to the first day of school.

"We're really excited to get them in, introduce to who we are as Griffons, and really instill that pride in their Missouri Western experience," said Schank.

The first day of school is Monday, August 25.

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