COLUMBIA | The first day of school at the University of Missouri's flagship campus means a record number of freshmen along with a sizable increase in the number of minority students.
School officials count more than 6,100 first-year students at the Columbia campus. That's a nearly 10 percent increase from last year's freshmen enrollment numbers, which also set an all-time high. Total enrollment as of Monday is 32,009. That figure includes graduate students.
The number of first-year minority students increased nearly 20 percent, with 1,042 enrolled.
Students on average are also coming to Columbia with higher standardized test scores, and the number of students earning merit scholarships for academic performance has also grown.