Southeast Fall 2011 Enrollment Surpasses 11,500

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 20, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University has set another enrollment record for the 11th straight year with undergraduate and graduate student headcount standing at 11,510 for the fall 2011 semester.

Today’s official fourth-week census report shows total enrollment up 3.6 percent from fall 2010. Total beginning freshmen headcount again surpassed the 1,900 mark with 1,904 new freshmen enrolled this fall. Classes at Southeast began Aug. 22.

Key to growth this fall is the second consecutive year in which beginning freshmen enrollment has eclipsed 1,900, according to Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for enrollment management and student success. Despite surpassing the 1,900 mark, beginning freshmen enrollment is down 1.2 percent from this time last year when 1,928 new freshmen were enrolled. Holt attributes the slight drop to the University’s announcement in early July that it was deferring enrollment until spring 2012 for applicants living outside a 50-mile radius of Cape Girardeau who requested housing and were applying for fall 2011 admission.

“We deliberately suppressed enrollment because of limited housing availability,” Holt said.

Dr. Bruce Skinner, director of Residence Life, said 3,017 students are living in Southeast’s residence halls this fall. Because of the demand for on-campus housing and to accommodate Southeast’s growing campus population, only five students are housed in private rooms this year, and 48 students who are upperclassmen are being housed this year on the fourth floor at Candlewood Suites, a Cape Girardeau hotel, he said.

University officials say Southeast’s total enrollment has grown by 3,585 since 1994 when total fall semester enrollment was 7,925.

Other keys to this year’s enrollment growth are: • Total international enrollment this fall of 735, up from 512 in fall 2010 and up from 336 in fall 2009; and

• Increases in African-American student enrollment with a total of 927, up from 853 at this time last year.

Today’s report shows total undergraduate student enrollment is 10,386, up 3.5 percent from this time last year. Total graduate student headcount is 1,124, up 4.4 percent from fall 2010.

“Our goal is to a have an enrollment of 12,000 by 2014,” Holt said. “We want to maintain an enrollment size that contributes to the quality and financial health of the institution, while preserving the high quality experience with excellent academic programs and personal attention that we offer our students. We want to maintain a campus environment that is friendly and personal.”