First-Day Spring Semester Enrollment up 5.5 Percent at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 18, 2006 – Total enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up 5.5 percent over this time last year, according to a preliminary unofficial report compiled at the beginning of the first full day of the spring 2006 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Jan. 17.

Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount stands at 8,882, up from 8,416 at this time a year ago.

Total undergraduate student headcount is 7,966, up 6.7 percent from spring 2005.

Dr. Debbie Below, director of admissions and enrollment management, said “the 6.7 percent growth rate is a positive reflection that Southeast is a university of choice among students.”

Dr. Fred Janzow, dean of the School of Graduate and University Studies, said Southeast continues to see tremendous growth in Web courses. This semester, Southeast is offering 171 Web courses with 3,485 students enrolled. The number of Web courses being offered has climbed from 147 in fall 2005 and from 129 in spring 2005.

“That’s real strong signal that the University is trying to serve students and provide the access they need in our region,” Janzow said.

Freshmen student headcount is 1,804, up 14.6 percent from spring 2005. Sophomore headcount stands at 1,614, up 10.7 percent from this time last year. Junior headcount is 1,652, up 5 percent from spring 2005. Senior headcount is 2,292, up 4.9 percent from this time last year.

Total graduate student headcount is 916, down 3.5 percent from spring 2005.

Janzow added that “total graduate student semester hours and, even more importantly, graduate full-time equivalency numbers, are up.”

Total graduate student semester hours stand at 5,064, up 1 percent from this time last year. Graduate full-time equivalency is 421.9, up 1 percent from spring 2005.

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.