Opening Day Enrollment Up at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 24, 2004 – Total enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up, according to a preliminary unofficial report compiled at the beginning of the first full day of the fall 2004 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Aug. 23.

Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount stands at 8,854, up 1.2 percent from 8,745 at this time last year.

“There is every indication that enrollments remain strong,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management.”

Total undergraduate student enrollment is 7,937, up .9 percent from this time a year ago. Total graduate student enrollment stands at 917, up 4.2 percent from this time last year.

“Graduate enrollments are up and much better than expected,” Holt said.

Beginning freshmen student headcount stands at 1,513, up .9 percent from this time a year ago.

“Beginning freshmen are up after two years of decline,” Holt said. “We now have an upturn. In an increasingly competitive market, the fact that we have maintained our numbers in beginning freshmen is to be commended and that we have increased, is even better. We expect our beginning freshmen to continue to grow next year.”

Continuing freshmen headcount is 825, up 4.8 percent from fall 2003. Sophomore headcount stands at 1,538, down 3.8 percent from this time last year. Junior headcount is 1,583, down 3.4 percent from fall 2003. Senior headcount is 2,122, up 3.9 percent from this time last year.

Holt says “the decrease in sophomores and juniors is primarily due to a drop in beginning freshmen the last two years and a somewhat lower number of transfer students this year.”

Non-degree seeking unclassified graduate student headcount stands at 265, up 103.8 percent from fall 2003. Degree seeking master’s degree student headcount stands at 564, down 16.8 percent from this time a year ago. Specialists headcount is 79, up 31.7 percent from fall 2003. Doctoral student headcount is 9, down from 12 at this time last year.

A final fall semester census report will be compiled in four weeks.