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Fall Semester Welcome Message

Dear students, faculty and staff,

With the start of a new school year, I want to take a moment to welcome our new students and thank our dedicated faculty and staff members for your hard work in getting the campuses ready for another academic year.

As members of the University of Missouri family, there is much to be proud of.

You are now connected to what is predicted to be the largest student body in the history of the University of Missouri System. Throughout our four campuses, we expect to have about 2 percent more students this semester for an estimated 75,000 students. And not only are we setting records for enrollment, we’re setting records for the quality and diversity of our students.

Our university campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis are seeing record ACT scores, record GPAs and increases in minority students. Quite simply, this is the strongest our student body has ever been.

Additionally, our university campuses boast world-class scholars who lead the state’s public universities in measures such as productivity; prestigious accolades; and membership in the National Academies and National Institutes of Health.

When you step back and look at the system collectively, it’s clear we are the state’s premier public research university. We are responsible for 94 percent of all of the research conducted by public universities in the state. Our university campuses also accounted for nearly 90 percent of the full-time undergraduate enrollment growth among the state’s four-year institutions during the past decade.

Beyond academics and research, you can take pride in knowing that the University of Missouri is making a difference throughout the state. Whether through our health care enterprise or Extension, the University of Missouri is advancing the state’s health, culture and economy. Whether directly or indirectly, we reach every Missourian, every day.

As the semester begins, I want you to be aware that—based on feedback from the campuses—this summer the Board of Curators strengthened the Student Standard of Conduct, which addresses issues of academic integrity and good citizenship. Even if you have read the policy previously, I encourage you to read the updated policy.

Again, thank you to the faculty and staff who make up the fabric of the university. And students, I wish you much luck as the semester begins. I know your education here will be a defining moment in your lives.

As your president, I am honored to be a part of all that we do here and I am committed to staying in touch and being engaged with you. Throughout the year, I will be sending regular updates through email. For more news, follow me on Twitter @UMPrez and follow our UM System Facebook page. As always, I invite you to share your thoughts with me at umpresident@umsystem.edu.

Best wishes,

Timothy M. Wolfe
University of Missouri System President

UMSL Students

First-day undergraduate enrollment was up 1.5 percent over last year as UMSL attracted its largest influx of new students since 1999.

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