High school could boost University of Missouri enrollment

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Columbia, which is faced with a likely decline in enrollment this fall, could get some help from the recently expanded University of Missouri High School.

University administrators expect to see about 2,600 fewer students on campus in the 2016-17 school year, including 1,500 fewer freshmen.

The hope, however, is that students taking courses through the university’s high school program will eventually enroll at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports university administrators are cautiously optimistic that its high school, which has 6,000 students and has been quietly branching out to foreign countries over several years, will continue to fulfill its academic purpose while also creating a path for increased enrollment at the university.