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LU enrollment down from last year

LU enrollment down from last year

September 23rd, 2017 by Bob Watson in Local News

Lincoln University's total fall 2017 enrollment is 2,622, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment said Thursday.

It's down 116 students from a year ago, continuing a several years' slide in total student enrollment.

With one minor increase in 2014, Lincoln's enrollment has been falling since fall 2011 — when LU reported 3,388 students — even as other Missouri public universities generally were growing.

Lincoln's 2017 number is about 22.5 percent below the 2011 level.

LU's announcement came at the same time as the University of Missouri-Columbia announced its total enrollment was 30,870 — down 2,369 students from a year ago, but "slightly higher" than officials had expected.

Missouri State University this week reported it had "more students than ever before" on the Springfield campus and throughout its four-location system — with 24,350 students on the main campus, a 234-student increase from last year.

Lincoln didn't provide any other details of its new enrollment numbers — although those likely will come later, in a "Facts and Figures" booklet issued by the school's Institutional Research staff.