If you’re in Columbia, Missouri, and you notice it’s a little easier to get around town this fall, there’s a reason for it.
As reported by Dan Ebner of KRCG 13, freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri is down 26.65 percent this year. Ebner’s figures show that 4,799 freshmen are enrolled to start the current fall semester, compared to 6,211 from the year before.
— Dan Ebner ☈ KRCG 13 (@EbnerKRCG13) August 22, 2016
There could be a number of reasons for the decline. It’s difficult to pinpoint one explanation for drops in enrollment like this, but it’s fair to wonder how much the racial tensions on campus last year led to the development.
You’ll remember that Missouri’s game against BYU last November was in jeopardy when players threatened to strike in protest of then-University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe. Since then, Missouri has undergone numerous changes in university leadership.
The Tigers open the season Sept. 3 at West Virginia.