Southeast Enrollment Remains Strong with Increase in Freshman Class


EVT-FamilyWeekend-FamilyFestivitiesWith a 9.1 percent increase in the beginning freshman class, Southeast Missouri State University’s enrollment for fall 2016 remains strong. In addition, first-time degree seeking freshman retention increased to 74 percent.

“We are very pleased that our target audience responded so positively to our new brand and messaging, as well as our advertising campaign highlighting the quality of Southeast’s academic programs.” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students at Southeast.

Total headcount now stands at 11,978 according to today’s official fourth-week census report compared to 11,987 last year. Beginning freshman enrollment is 1,858 and has exceeded last year’s enrollment of 1,703. Total graduate student headcount stands at 1,285 today.

Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions, said, “We look forward to engaging the new class of students, breaking down barriers to persistence and helping them reach their goal of earning a college degree.”

The University continues to serve a diverse student body with African American enrollment at 1,037 students compared to 1,031 last year. Hispanic enrollment grew 5 percent and currently stands at 209 students.

International student enrollment fell this year by 12 percent from 1,131 to 992. The decrease is attributed, in part, to fewer students enrolling in the University’s Intensive English Program.

Interest in Southeast dual credit offerings continues to grow. Dual credit enrollment grew from 1,150 to 1,340 or 16.5 percent over this same time last fall.

Fall 2016 semester classes began Aug. 22 at Southeast.

Southeast encourages incoming students to begin planning now to attend a Show Me Day on campus this fall. Show Me Day is an opportunity to visit Southeast and learn about the variety of academic programs and services offered. The first fall 2016 Show Me Day is scheduled for Oct. 15 with additional dates planned throughout the fall and into 2017. Register at

Southeast is now accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester and students are encouraged to apply in November to meet the Dec. 1 deadline for early scholarship consideration and on-campus housing.  Apply online at

For more information on becoming a Redhawk at Southeast Missouri State University, contact the Office of Admissions at (573) 651-2590 or