First Day Spring 2014 Enrollment up 1.5 Percent



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 24, 2014 – Total first-day spring semester enrollment is up 1.5 percent at Southeast Missouri State University, according to a preliminary enrollment report compiled after the first full day of classes of the spring 2014 semester.

Classes at Southeast began Jan. 21.

Combined undergraduate and graduate student headcount is 10,656, up from 10,502 at this time last year. Southeast currently has 9,532 undergraduate and 1,124 graduate students enrolled.

Transfer student enrollment stands at 320, up from 286 at this time a year ago. African-American student headcount is 935, up from 884 at this time last year. International student headcount is 968, up from 813 after the first day of classes in spring 2013.

Today’s report shows high school enrollment is 463, up from 275 at this time last year. University officials say this increase is attributed to a new initiative launched last fall. The new program is helping high school students prepare for college by making dual credit courses available online. The new effort has expanded the array of Southeast dual credit offerings and is making them available to high school students regardless of the size of their school district. University faculty and high school teachers are collaborating to teach the courses and more high school students are taking the opportunity to get a jumpstart on the rigors of college. The first-day census report also shows Southeast currently has 958 degree seeking master’s degree students enrolled, up 8 percent from this time in 2013. The official census report will be issued in four weeks.