Spring enrollment at Southeastern continues upward trend
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s total enrollment for the spring semester reflects an upward trend over the same time last year, university officials stated today (Feb. 16).
According to official records, as of the 14th class day, 14,325 students are enrolled in spring classes, compared to 14,117 in last spring’s semester, a 1.5 percent increase.
“Despite the higher admission standards we implemented in the fall semester, we are pleased to see our enrollment figures for the spring remain on trend with a slight increase,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We know also that even with concerns about higher education budget cuts and the uncertainty of various academic programs, students continue to be attracted to the institution and what we have to offer. We remain committed to maintaining a strong academic mission. Our students are our foremost priority.”
The university has 425 new beginning freshmen this semester. New transfer students rose to 362, an increase of more than 28 percent over last year. Crain said an important feature of last year’s LA GRAD Act encourages institutions to increase the numbers of transfer students they enroll, especially from Louisiana community colleges.
“We have strong agreements with a number of community colleges, including Delgado in New Orleans, Baton Rouge Community College, River Parishes Community College and Northshore Technical College,” Crain said. “These agreements help provide a more seamless transition to Southeastern from Louisiana community colleges. In addition, our textbook rental system and the automatic transfer scholarship Southeastern offers to any qualified transfer student eases some of the financial burdens associated with attending a four-year institution.”
St. Tammany Parish continues to be the top feeder parish for the university with 3,353 students enrolled this spring, a 5.6 percent increase over the same time last year. Other area parishes showing increases in the spring included Ascension, 886 students, a 10.6 percent increase; and Livingston, 1,859, a 5.3 percent increase.