Southeast Enrolls Record 10,814

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 25, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University has broken another enrollment record with total undergraduate and graduate student enrollment standing at 10,814 for the fall 2008 semester.

Today’s official fourth-week census report shows total enrollment up 1.4 percent from this time last fall and up from the 9,843 reported after the first full day of classes of the fall semester which began Aug. 20.

University officials say Southeast’s total enrollment has grown by 2,889 since 1994 when total fall semester enrollment was 7,925.

“Our growth this fall is in keeping with our strategic enrollment management plan to have 11,500 students by the year 2012,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions, says the quality of the freshman class this fall is outstanding.

“The University’s top enrollment priorities are to provide access to higher education in our region and, at the same time, to attract a high quality student body,” she said.

Today’s report shows total undergraduate student enrollment is 9,381, up 1.9 percent from this time last year. Beginning freshmen headcount is 1,828, up 1.3 percent from fall 2007 and up nearly 17 percent from fall 2006, thus a significant factor in the University setting another all-time enrollment high.

Total graduate student headcount is 1,433, down 1.6 percent from this time last year but up from 929 after the first full day of classes of the fall 2008 semester. University officials say graduate student enrollment at Southeast has more than doubled since 1982 when graduate student enrollment was 623 for the fall semester.