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(West Plains) – A total of 1,920 students were enrolled for classes at MSU-West Plains on Monday, the first day of the 2013 fall semester, making for a 1.3 percent increase over last fall’s tally of 1,894.

Chancellor Drew Bennett says that he is excited about to total, saying that having over 1900 students on the first day is something everyone should celebrate.

University officials pointed out the official enrollment number for the fall semester will come after the 20th day of classes. The official number is normally higher than the first-day enrollment figure due in large part to the extended registration period for such programs as VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance), the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy peace officer training course, and some high school dual credit classes.

The enrollment numbers from Missouri State-West Plains’ extended campus in Mountain Grove and early enrollees in the dual credit/dual enrollment classes being offered this fall at several area high schools are also included in the total.

In addition to these students, 118 students are enrolled in the bachelor’s and master’s degree courses offered on site and via interactive television (ITV) by Missouri State University’s Outreach Program on the West Plains campus. This is a decrease of 30 from last fall when 148 students were enrolled on the first day of classes. The decline is possibly attributed to an increase in online courses by the Springfield campus, as students enrolled in these classes may be part of the local degree program offerings, but they are not included as part of the overall on-site enrollment number.

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