WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State University is working to get more students to call their university home.
This fall, there was an increase, but not in the freshman class. The increase came from transfer students.MSU is where over 6,000 students from across the world come to study.
"I was looking for a school that would give me a well-rounded degree and opportunity to just get to know more people and to get to be the best in whatever I do," said Senior Marketing major, Denise Mugabe. This fall, close to 1,200 freshmen enrolled. That number is down from last year, by about 100. MSU Vice President Dr. Keith Lamb said they are happy to see the growth.
"We were really working in our admissions office last fall with not a full staff," said Lamb. "This year we are working with a full staff as we were in previous years and feel pretty good about what we're looking like for the fall of 2017."
From 2010 to 2013, student enrollment dropped by more than 500 students, and the university hired an enrollment management company to help boost numbers. The university hopes that expanding its campus to Flower Mound and joining Weatherford and North Central Texas College will help them.
"We are sitting on top of the fourth largest metropolitan statistical in the united states and we had not been very aggressive in that market," said Lamb. "We expect over a number of years to grow about 1,000 students in that area."
As for Denise, she hopes others will see MSU as the place that she calls home.
"Even though the university does project to grow bigger I feel that the foundation that they have set in terms of creating a very home like feel," said Mugabe. "That has had the biggest aspect on accomplishing my goals."
MSU hopes to have its first class in Flower Mound in August 2017.