Total Southeast Enrollment Nears 10,300 at Final Census

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 21, 2005 – Total undergraduate and graduate student enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is up 7 percent over this time last year, according to the official fourth-week census report issued today.

Today’s report shows combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount at a record 10,292, up from 9,618 at this time last year.

Total undergraduate student headcount stands at 8,968, up six percent from 8,460 at this time last year.

Total graduate student headcount is 1,324, up 14.3 percent from fall 2004. Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, said Southeast’s partnerships with area school districts and the Regional Professional Development Center have been integral to the growth in Southeast’s School of Graduate Studies.

Today’s report also shows growth in beginning freshmen. Total beginning freshmen headcount is 1,679, up 11.9 percent from fall 2004.

Southeast duplicated headcount at the University’s three regional campuses south of Cape Girardeau in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo., is up 67 percent from last year, when those figures accounted for both Southeast and Three Rivers Community College students. The regional campuses south of Cape Girardeau now have only Southeast students enrolled.

Southeast headcount at the regional campus at Malden is 203, up from 108 in fall 2004. Headcount at the Sikeston campus is 629, up from 536 at this time last year. Southeast headcount at the Kennett campus is 305, up from 72 in fall 2004.

Southeast headcount at the Perryville Area Higher Education Center is 98, up 40 percent from 70 at this time last year.

Overall, Southeast continuing freshmen headcount stands at 921, up 12.3 percent from fall 2004. Sophomore headcount is 1,660, up 7.86 percent from this time last year. Junior headcount is 1,652, up 3.19 percent from fall 2004. Senior headcount is 2,211, up 3.5 percent from this time last year.

Today’s final census figures also indicate a significant increase in students enrolled in online courses. Currently 411 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled exclusively in online courses compared to 306 at this time last year.

“The virtual campus is becoming a very important entity,” Holt said.

Southeast is offering 143 online courses this fall, but more important, Holt said, the University is now offering many courses as components of complete online degree programs. The Bachelor of General Studies degree is now a complete online degree program with emphases in such areas as business, communication, criminal justice, industrial management and psychology. In addition, the MBA general management option and the bachelor of science in business administration degree with an option in organizational administration are now both also available entirely online. Holt says Southeast also now offers online bachelor’s degree completion programs in conjunction with St. Louis Community College and agreements with several other Missouri community colleges are pending.

Holt says Southeast’s final census figures “show we are successfully accomplishing our enrollment strategies. We are serving higher education needs in our region through our regional campuses and we are offering a substantial number of course programs with degree options via the Web. Additionally, we are maintaining our commitment to enrollment on campus, and growth in our graduate programs shows our departments and colleges are tailoring the programs to meet the needs of their constituencies. Southeast is moving forward on all fronts.”

Holt said that while Southeast is pleased to have exceeded the 10,000 enrollment mark for the first time, the number is not as significant as the University’s continued commitment to serving students with small classes and personal attention.

“We are committed to offering our students personal attention in all areas – on the main campus, at our regional campuses and on the Web,” he said.