Fall 2010 Enrollment Surges at Southeast

Beginning Freshmen Enrollment Climbs to 1,958

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 24, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University has enrolled a record high 10,460 students based on an enrollment report filed after the first full day of classes of the fall 2010 semester.

Total enrollment is up 4.9 percent from this time last year. Classes at Southeast began Aug. 23.

Key to this semester’s enrollment surge is a large beginning freshmen class which stands at 1,958, up 8.1 percent from this time last year.

Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions, says new beginning freshmen enrollment increased by 19 percent from the Greater St. Louis Region and by more than 15 percent from Illinois compared to this time a year ago.

“The growth in enrollment is attributed to the University’s quality strategic planning process,” she said. “The faculty, staff and administration work extremely well together to deliver a quality educational experience. The consistent growth in enrollment demonstrates that everyone’s hard work and dedication to students is paying off.

“Prospective students often tell us they chose to visit because a current student, a parent of a student, or an alumnus recommended the University,” Below added. “We are thankful to have such strong support.”

Dr. Bruce Skinner, director of Residence Life, said 2,937 students are living in Southeast’s residence halls this fall, an increase of more than 200 from this time last fall. He said 1,250 new students moved into the residence halls on Aug. 19.

“We had our largest single day move-in to the residence halls in at least the past 20 years,” Skinner said. “With more than 1,000 volunteers to carry student belongings into their rooms, people handing out water, staff directing traffic, and more than 100 Resident Assistants welcoming students into the residence halls, we are very pleased with the support and hospitality shown our new students.”

Because of the large freshman class, Residence Life canceled all private rooms in Dearmont Hall and converted the former offices of the Department of Public Safety in Dearmont Hall into residence hall rooms. In addition, two floors in H and K buildings of Greek Housing now house non-Greek students.

“Even with the increased number of students that required additional space be created, we were able to accommodate all the students who wanted to live on campus,” Skinner said. “In the end we were able to assign all students to residence hall rooms and avoided any of the more drastic measures seen on other campus such as converting lounges, placing students with staff members, or housing people in off campus accommodations.”

Enrollment at Southeast has grown in several categories this fall. Southeast’s total African-American enrollment on campus this fall is 815, up from 766 in fall 2009. New, first-time beginning freshmen African-American enrollment is 197, up 17 percent from the fall 2009 fourth week census.

Total international enrollment on the Southeast campus this fall has surged as well with 487 international students enrolled representing 43 countries. This figure is up from 272 at this time last year. Below said the University has added staff and resources to support international student enrollment.

She says growth also has occurred in the number of transfer students on campus this fall. First-day enrollment of new undergraduate transfer students stands at 711 today, up from 604 at this time last year. Below says the increase in transfer enrollment is related, in part, to the increase in enrollment last year at Missouri’s community colleges.

Robin Grebing, director of Southeast Online, says Southeast’s duplicated online enrollment stands at 3,530 this fall, up 10 percent from this time last year. Southeast is offering 155 online courses this fall and six complete online degree programs, two degree completion programs and two certificate programs.

Growth is also evident in the School of Graduate Studies where total graduate student enrollment stands at 936, up 5.9 percent from fall 2009. Degree seeking master’s degree student enrollment is 789 this fall, up 16.2 percent from this time last year.

The report also shows first-day duplicated headcount at Southeast’s regional campuses as steady with 253 at Malden, Mo., 824 at Sikeston, Mo., 266 at Kennett, Mo., and 95 in Perryville, Mo.

The official census report will be issued in four weeks. University officials say the enrollment typically grows between the first-day census and the final fourth-week census date.