Fall Enrollment Thriving at Southeast


by News Bureau on Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2012 — Total fall 2012 enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University stands at 11,729 today, up 1.9 percent from this time last year, making Southeast one of the fastest growing public, four-year universities in Missouri with 18 consecutive years of enrollment growth.

Total undergraduate student headcount stands at 10,541, up 1.5 percent from fall 2011. Total graduate student headcount is 1,188, up 5.7 percent from this time last year.

The combined undergraduate and graduate student full-time equivalency is up 1.3 percent from fall 2011. University officials say growing FTE figures indicate the institution has more full-time and fewer part-time students this fall.

Today’s fourth week census report also shows total enrollment at Southeast’s Sikeston campus at 564, up 11.9 percent from fall 2011 and 230 at the Kennett campus, up 13.3 percent from a year ago. Dr. Debbie Below, associate vice president for enrollment management and director of Admissions, said Southeast’s student retention rate has steadily risen over the past decade to 73.8 percent.

“This is the second highest retention rate achieved in the last decade,” she said. “We are thrilled so many students have chosen Southeast to pursue their educational goals, and we look forward to them matriculating and completing their degree here.”