CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 23, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University hit an historical high today when the institution’s fall 2014 enrollment surpassed 12,000.
Total headcount now stands at 12,087 and has exceeded last year’s enrollment record of 11,917 students, according to today’s official fourth-week census report. Headcount has grown 1.4 percent over this same time last year. This marks the 20th year of consecutive enrollment growth for Southeast and the 14th year of record-breaking enrollments.
“There was much speculation this year about whether or not enrollment would top 12,000. We are obviously very excited to reach this milestone as it reflects the important role of the University to our service region, said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. “Enrollment growth this year is attributed primarily to growth in southeast Missouri. Beginning freshmen enrollment is up as a result of an increase in new student enrollment from the state of Missouri. The number of new students attending a Southeast regional campus grew at every location. And similar to last year, dual credit offerings were added to more schools throughout the region.”
Beginning freshman enrollment is 1,849, up 6.9 percent from this time last year. Total graduate student headcount stands at 1,239 today, up 6.6 percent from fall 2013.
Interest in Southeast’s new dual credit offerings for talented high school students continues to grow. Dual credit enrollment grew from 926 to 1,017 or 9.8 percent over this same time last fall.
Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions, said, “What a celebration to be part of our 20th year of consecutive enrollment growth. It has been a team effort, and I am honored to be a part of the University’s team. The collaboration across campus and within the community has attracted a diverse group of students to Southeast. I am eager to see this student body work together to learn, grow and become leaders.”
Fall 2014 semester classes began Aug. 25 at Southeast.