• Mizzou Pays The Price For Supporting #BlackLivesMatter

    Last year the University of Missouri found itself in the middle of a racist controversy. The campus was embroiled in protests led by the #BLM or Black Lives Matter movement.

    The protests ended in the President of the University stepping down marking a victory for the protesters.

    That victory may be short lived for the University as prospective parents have spoken with their pocketbooks against Mizzou.

    Enrollment for next years freshmen class has dropped like a rock.

    From The St. Louis Post Dispatch:

    This fall could mark the smallest class of incoming freshmen at the University of Missouri-Columbia in nearly a decade as the school continues to lose students, partly because of last fall’s protests.

    The university on Wednesday announced the amount of students paying freshman tuition deposits — a key indicator of coming enrollment — has decreased by 1,470 compared to last year.

    It’s nearly 600 fewer students than what was projected in February, when the university was estimating 900 fewer incoming freshmen.

    What it means is that Mizzou could have a freshman class of fewer than 5,000 students for the first time since 2007.

    School administrators are pointing to the fact that fewer kids are in the high school system in Missouri and this was partly an expected drop. “Partly” expected perhaps but this is shocking.

    The numbers fell off a cliff. That is not a normal drop and can be attributed to the political behavior of the school. Parents flat out don’t want to send their kids to Mizzou if they are going to be pro-BLM.

    “As we’ve been talking to prospective students and parents, we’ve been told the events of last fall have played a role in their decision-making process,” spokesman Christian Basi said.

    School administrators have said they are seeing less interest from out-of-state students, and recruiters are hearing more concerns from students in the Chicago area, in particular.

    Barbara Rupp, the university’s director of admissions, has said there’s potential to lose students from rural areas, given how polarizing last fall’s protests were.

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