Southeast Releases Fourth-Week Census

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 23, 2003 – Southeast Missouri State University released its fourth week census report today, showing total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount at 9,570 for the fall 2003 semester.

Total combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount grew by 825 students from the first day of classes Aug. 25, when total headcount was reported at 8,745 to the end of the fourth week of classes Sept. 19. During that four-week period, undergraduate enrollment grew by 7 percent and graduate student enrollment by 19 percent. Total combined headcount at Southeast is up .4 percent from this time a year ago when total combined student headcount was reported at 9,534.

“We’re pleased enrollment has grown again this year and that we can continue to serve the region despite the economic challenges and uncertainties the State of Missouri is facing,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management.

Today’s report shows full-time equivalency at 7,432, up 1.4 percent from fall 2002. Total undergraduate full-time equivalency is up as well, with that figure at 6,975, up 1.8 percent from this time last year. University officials say growing FTE figures indicate the institution has more full-time and fewer part time students this fall.

Fourth week admissions reports show total undergraduate enrollment at 8,483, up 1.6 percent from fall 2002. The report also shows beginning freshmen headcount at 1,495, down 4.5 percent from fall 2002. Continuing freshmen headcount is 793, down 6.5 percent from this time a year ago. Sophomore headcount stands at 1,611, up .8 percent from this time last year. Junior headcount is 1,660, up one percent from fall 2002. Senior headcount is 2,079, up 8.6 percent from this time a year ago.

Total graduate student headcount stands at 1,087, down 8.1 percent from fall 2002. Degree seeking master’s student headcount is 706, down 5.9 percent from this time a year ago. Non-degree seeking unclassified graduate student headcount stands at 297, down 12.9 percent from fall 2002. Specialists headcount is 72, down 10 percent from this time last year. Doctoral headcount is 12, exactly the same count as in fall 2002.