After protests have ended, Missouri University has seen a drop of freshman enrolment, due to a reputation that it might have a racist culture or a culture where “protestors run amok.”
Even after student and faculty protests have ended, prospective and potential students seem to have a bad impression of Missouri University.
In 2015’s Fall Semester, protests had erupted at the university. Students started complaining about racial bigotry that took place on campus, and then joined forces with one of the university’s graduate students who was on hunger strike. Weeks later, the protestors forced the resignation of president of the university system as well as the chancellor of the campus.
Did This Make Things Better? Apparently not.
However, despite the fact that protestors saw this as a win, since then, freshman enrollment at the university’s Columbia campus has dropped by over 35 percent. The current administration of the university says that the main reason this is, is because the 2015 events had given prospective and/ or potential students and families an idea that Missouiri University has either culture of racism or one where “protestors run amok.”
The University was also steadily growing, with new dormitories in construction. However, lost tuition from the drop in enrollment, as well as a drop in state funding, has caused the university to temporarily close seven of its dormitories and has since cut over 400 job positions.
Mun Choi, the new president of the university commented on this, saying:
“The general consensus was that it was because of the aftermath of what happened in November 2015. There were students from both in state and out of state that just did not apply, or those who did apply but decided not to attend.”
Comments From Students
Tyler Morris, currently a high school student in St. Louis, said he is scared of being automatically stereotyped as a racist or a general bigot just for being white, if he attended Missouri. Because of this, he decided to attend “Missouri Valley College” instead, “just down the road” in Marshall.
“The discrimination wasn’t against white people, but I didn’t want to be that person who I guess was stereotyped because I was white,” he said.
Aly Zuhler, whos cousins and mother attended Missouri, said that as a Jewish person, she was scared to go to a place where Jews and Blacks could feel unwelcome. She said she had heard about dorm bathrooms with graffiti drawings of swastikas, and since decided not to apply.
“Looking for colleges is intimidating just by itself,” she said. “Adding anti-Semitism on top of that was just too much.”