MSU Seeing More Students From Out-of-Town Enrolling

It's the first day of the fall semester for thousands of students at Midwestern State University.

Last year, MSU Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Keith Lamb says the university saw its largest incoming freshmen class ever and they expect this year's class to be even bigger.

Lamb says after a steady decline in enrollment numbers over the last few years, they're seeing their numbers go up and a lot of those students are from outside of Texoma.

For example, there is a new level of excitement on campus as new and returning students head back to class.

Addison Wyatt, a freshman from Abilene, says MSU is the perfect place to continue her education. 

"It was kind of nerve-racking finding all the places but i like it here," Wyatt says. 

She says the school's size was very appealing in deciding where she wanted to go to college. 

"One of my counselors had told me about it and that it had a really good dental program so I came here and like it so I decided this was the school for me," Wyatt says. 

In addition, she says, "It's not too big but it's not too small and it's a really nice community to be in."

Dr. Lamb says he expects about 6,000 students to enroll at MSU this year. 

He says many students from across North Texas are looking for what MSU has to offer. 

Lamb says, "That's attractive to a lot of students from the larger metropolitan areas looking for something a little more intimate, a little more accessible for them to be involved in campus life, to be involved in organizations and to work directly with faculty."

It's a unique college experience that makes Wyatt proud to be a mustang. 

"I like it so far," She says. "It's good. It's not too hard to get around here. It's kind of like my hometown so it's good to be here."

Lamb says they expect their numbers to continue to go up this week as students sign up for classes during late registration.

He says tougher admission standards and the economy played a role in the dip in enrollment numbers but they're becoming much more aggressive in recruiting students from Wichita Falls and DFW.

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