ST. LOUIS — Missouri Western State University says incoming freshmen enrollment increased 16.2 percent this fall over last year.

The university in St. Joseph says preliminary data showed about 1,000 incoming freshman at the school this fall.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the number of freshmen applications and admissions were up 47 percent over a year ago. The school also admitted more students this fall than the number who applied a year ago. The number of prospective students who visited campus was up 28 percent this year, also a record.

The average ACT and high school GPA for freshmen was 21.2 and 3.38, respectively, and there was a 33 percent increase in the number of students with an ACT between 23 and 26.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,

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