Bumper crop of college students expected in fall

The University of Missouri-Columbia is in the market for an apartment complex to help house what could be a record number of freshmen this fall.

MU already had ditched plans to convert a residence hall to office space, keeping it a dormitory for 225 students. But that wasn’t going to be enough space, they thought.

Admission officials say the number of freshmen who have paid an enrollment deposit for this fall is nearly 1,000 students higher than at the same time last year.

College officials across the country have been expecting big incoming classes, given the size of this year’s graduating high school classes, but there may be other reasons that campuses in Columbia, Lawrence and Manhattan will be more crowded come August.

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