The prospect of more students serving missions, particularly female students who make up two-thirds of the English department, is only viewed as a positive thing on campus, he said.
"We're happy to make whatever adjustments need to be made," Snyder said. "We'll adapt, adjust and move forward."
While colleges and universities across the state are scrambling to prepare for the change, Morales said there are a number of benefits to the church's decision. By serving missions before beginning college — or earlier on in their college career — many students, he said, will not see as large of an interruption in their coursework.
Older freshmen also means a more mature freshman class, Morales said, which could shorten the completion time for some students and help with graduation attainment rates.
"There are going to be some upsides to this," he said.
Officials have only begun to address what adjustments will need to be made in campus services, but Morales said for now, parents or students with concerns should contact the university's admissions office.
"That's the main contact at this point," he said. "Our admissions staff is prepared to answer questions."
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