Southeast Enrollment Holding Steady As Fall Semester Begins

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Enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is about the same as last fall, according to a preliminary report compiled after the first full day of classes on Aug. 21.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 23, 2006 – Total enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is about the same as last fall, according to a preliminary report compiled after the first full day of classes of the fall 2006 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Aug. 21.

“First week numbers are important for predicting our fourth week census figures,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management. “Based on opening day figures, we expect to break 10,000 again at the fourth-week census, but the final count could be somewhat lower than last year.”

Southeast surpassed the 10,000 enrollment mark at the fourth week census last fall, a record set for the first time last year.

Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount on opening day stood at 9,404, just 21 less than last year’s 9,425 figure. The final enrollment count is expected to be closer to last year’s final figure of over 10,000 when the official census is taken in four weeks.

Bruce Skinner, associate director of Residence Life at Southeast, says occupancy in Southeast’s residence halls is very good, with about 2,400 students living on campus this fall, about the same figure as last year.

“We are very full in terms of space,” Skinner said.

Today’s report shows total undergraduate student headcount at 8,449, down just 1.1 percent from this time last year.

Beginning freshmen headcount stands at 1,514, compared to 1,513 in 2004 and 1,696 in fall 2005. Continuing freshmen headcount is 1,014, up 6.6 percent from this time last year. Sophomore headcount is 1,760, up 4.9 percent from fall 2005. Junior headcount is 1,669, up 1.2 percent from this time last year. Senior headcount is 2,133, down 2.5 percent from fall 2005.

Total graduate student headcount stands at 955, compared with 885 in 2005.  Degree-seeking master’s degree student headcount is 647, up 6.9 percent from fall 2005. Students seeking specialist degrees total 63, doctoral student headcount stands at 12, and non-degree seeking master’s degree student headcount is 233, up 11.5 percent from this time last year.