First Day Undergraduate Enrollment Up at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 26, 2003 – Total undergraduate enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up 1.2 percent, according to a preliminary unofficial report compiled at the beginning of the first full day of the fall 2003 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Aug. 25.

Total undergraduate student headcount stands at 7,865, up from 7,770 at this time last year.

“I am pleased that undergraduate enrollments are up,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management.

Total undergraduate full-time equivalency is up as well, with that figure at 6,910, an increase of 1.9 percent from fall 2002. Total combined undergraduate and graduate student full-time equivalency (FTE) stands at 7,324, up 1.6 percent from this time a year ago. University officials say growing FTE figures indicate the institution has more full-time and fewer part-time students this fall.

First week admissions reports also indicate that transfer student enrollment is up from this time last year. Transfer student enrollment stands at 502, up from 489 for fall 2002.

Today’s report also shows total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount at 8,745, nearly the same as 8,753 reported at this time a year ago.

Beginning freshmen headcount is 1,500, down 5.5 percent from this time last year. Continuing freshmen headcount is 787, down 6.8 percent from fall 2002. Sophomore headcount is 1,599, up 1.3 percent from this time a year ago. Junior headcount is 1,639, up 2.2 percent from fall 2002. Senior headcount is 2,042, up 8.7 percent from this time last year.

Jim Settle, director of Residence Life at Southeast, says 2,445 students are housed on campus this fall. Of those who are living in the residence halls this fall, 1,007 are new students, 1,287 are returning students, and 151 have transferred to Southeast.

Total graduate student headcount stands at 880, down 10.5 percent from fall 2002. Degree seeking master’s degree student headcount stands at 678, down from 714 at this time last year. Non-degree seeking unclassified graduate student headcount stands at 130, down from 201 in fall 2002. Specialists headcount is 60, down three from a year ago. Doctoral headcount is 12, up seven from this time last year.

A final census report will be issued in four weeks. University officials say enrollment typically grows anywhere from 700 to 1,000 between the first-day census and the final four-week census date.