Missouri State University no longer requires the $35 application fee, effective today.

President Clif Smart announced at the Board of Governors Executive Committee meeting on Sept. 18 that MSU’s total enrollment is at 26,001 students, 181 lower than last year.

To combat the decreased enrollment, Smart said he made a decision as the president of the university to waive a nonessential fee.   

Smart said the board wants to make MSU accessible for more students.

“It’s another way to level the playing field,” Smart said. “To make sure everybody knows that everyone is welcome at the university.” 

Smart said they hope it will create a more robust application pool, so they can focus on promoting MSU to these potential students.


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