Southeast Enrolls Record 10,859

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 23, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University has set another enrollment record with total undergraduate and graduate student enrollment standing at 10,859 for the fall 2009 semester.

Today’s official four-week census report shows total enrollment up .4 percent from this time last fall and up from 9,971 after the first full day of classes of the fall semester which began Aug. 24.

University officials say Southeast’s total enrollment has grown by 2,934 since 1994 when total fall semester enrollment was 7,925.

Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions, says this fall’s freshman class is prepared well to enter Southeast’s quality academic programs. 

“The University has made it a priority to attract a better academically prepared student body while also providing access to higher education in our region,” she said.

Below says the average ACT score of first-time full-time freshmen is now 23.11, and for all part-time and full time freshmen is 22.8.

In addition, she says the University’s average freshman to sophomore year retention rate for first-time full-time freshmen over the past four years is 70.3 percent, and this year stands at 74.1 percent, which is very close to Southeast’s goal of a 75 percent first year retention rate.

“The University is making steady progress toward our goal,” she said. “And this year, the number of African American students retained is mirroring the overall retention rate,” she added. “This is attributed to the quality work of many faculty and staff who support students inside and outside the classroom.”

Below says both the average ACT score of first-time full-time freshmen and the University’s freshman to sophomore year retention rate are indicators highlighting the academic preparedness of students choosing Southeast and returning for the second year.

Today’s report shows total undergraduate student enrollment is 9,588, up 2.2 percent from this time last year. Beginning freshmen headcount is 1,805 — making the third consecutive year in which entering freshmen headcount has exceeded 1,800 – a historic record for Southeast. Continuing freshmen headcount is 975, up 7.1 percent from this time last year. Sophomore headcount is 1,855, up 9.2 percent from fall 2008, and junior headcount is 1,769, up 6.2 percent from this time last year, all significant factors in the University setting another all-time enrollment high. Senior headcount is 2,180, down 3.1 percent from fall 2008.

The graduate student full-time equivalency is 532.07, down 3.2 percent from this time last year. Total graduate student headcount is 1,271, down 11.3 percent from fall 2008. The total graduate student full-time equivalency is 532.07, though, down just 3.2 percent from fall 2008, signifying that fewer graduate students are enrolled but they are taking more classes.