As the stigma of 2015’s race protests on the campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia, aka Mizzou, continues to cloud the institution’s reputation, three more undergrad residence halls have been forced to close due to the school’s enrollment drop-off.
Since 2015, a total of seven dorms have been forced to close.
The abandonment of the residence halls is to “ensure that we are maximizing the space we have and being as efficient as possible with our resources,” MU News Bureau associate director Liz McCune told local ABC17.
McCune also said the closing of the dorms allows the school to “make sure we have the flexibility necessary whether the numbers are low or high.”
She added that the school has plans for a new 279-bed residence hall to open this Fall, despite the steady plummet in new attendance.
ABC17 reported that Mizzou’s 31,010 enrolled students in January was the school’s lowest figure in five years. At a height of 35,448 students in late 2015, Mizzou’s enrollment has seen a precipitous decline in the past two years.
Graduate enrollment has staggered, as well, falling 25% in the last calendar year. A detailed history of enraged parents, furious with the atmosphere surrounding the school, provides a glimpse into understanding why new students have opted away from attending the university.
H/T: Heat Street
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