Southeast Reports Steady Spring 2016 Enrollment


late night breakfastCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 21, 2016 – Southeast Missouri State University begins the new semester with enrollment holding steady, following the first full day of classes of the spring 2016 semester.

Total first-day spring 2016 semester student headcount stands at 10,809, off just .5 percent from this time a year ago. Southeast currently has 9,411 undergraduate and 1,398 graduate students enrolled. Spring 2016 semester classes began at Southeast Jan. 19.

Key to today’s preliminary enrollment report is growth in beginning freshmen, up 28.4 percent from spring 2015.

Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, also points to climbing numbers in high school enrollment which currently stands at 677, up 17.5 percent from this time last year. In fall 2013, Southeast launched a new initiative to help high school students prepare for college by making dual credit courses available online. The effort has expanded the array of Southeast’s 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 collaborate to teach the courses, and more high school students are taking the opportunity to get an early start on the rigors of college.

Also noteworthy in today’s enrollment report are growing numbers of degree seeking master’s degree and specialist students in the School of Graduate Studies.  Today’s report shows 1,204 students enrolled as degree-seeking master’s degree students, up 20.4 percent, and 117 specialist students, up 42.7 percent, from this time last year.

Dr. Charles McAllister, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies, cites Southeast’s new academic programs as a contributing factor in the University’s growing graduate student enrollment reflected in today’s report. Total graduate student enrollment is up from 1,197 in spring 2015.

“The increase in new graduate students is due, in part, to the University’s development of new graduate programs and investment in additional faculty positions in areas such as healthcare administration, technology management and applied behavior analysis,” McAllister said.

A revision in the course, GR609, Graduate Thesis or Creative Project Development, also has played a role, he said.

Today’s enrollment report shows international student headcount at 1,108, up from 1,054 in spring 2015. African American enrollment is 964, up from 945 at this time last year, and new transfer student enrollment stands at 302, up 5.2 percent from spring 2015.

Southeast is continuing to accept applications for the fall 2016 semester, and students are encouraged to apply online at

The official spring 2016 census report will be issued in four weeks.