First-Day Spring Semester Enrollment Up 4.6 Percent at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 20, 2010 – Total enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up 4.6 percent, according to a preliminary report compiled after the first full day of classes of the spring 2010 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Jan. 19.

Combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount is 9,820, up from 9,389 at this time last year.

Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State University, said total enrollment is up by 431 over first-day spring 2009 figures and up by 713 over first-day spring 2008.

Total undergraduate student headcount is 8,773 this semester, up 4.6 percent from spring 2009.

“Undergraduate enrollments are up 388 over spring 2009 and up 621 over spring 2008,” Below said.

Particularly noteworthy is the spike in new student enrollments, Below said. Beginning freshmen enrollment is up 57.9 percent from spring 2009. Beginning freshmen enrollment stands at 221, up from 140 at this time last year.

Transfer student headcount is 320, up from 257 at this time last year.

“These are the highest enrollments of new and transfer students we have seen in at least 10 years,” said Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State University.

International student headcount is 398, up from 247 in spring 2009. Of the 398 international students enrolled this semester, 68 are students in the Intensive English Program, up from 15 at this time last year.

Total graduate student headcount is 1,047, up 4.3 percent from this time last year.

The official census report will be issued in four weeks.