Southeastern sets new freshmen enrollment record

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University experienced increases in new freshmen, new transfer students, as well as in overall enrollment, university officials announced today (Sept. 21).
This year’s class of new freshmen increased by 122 students. Transfer students also increased by 15.3 percent.    
    “Our recent recruitment efforts emphasize the exceptional academic programs Southeastern offers,” said President John L. Crain.
    Overall enrollment of all types grew by nearly one percent, from 14,498 last year to 14,594.
    Computer science, information technology, engineering technology, as well as strong programs in communication, education, nursing, accounting and new media and animation continue to attract new students, he said.
    In addition, Crain said, Southeastern’s new initiative, Real-World Ready – which emphasizes internships, service-learning courses, research and other hands-on experiences – demonstrates the university’s commitment to fully prepare students for the workforce and is having an impact on attracting new students.
    The Connect to Success program – a partnership between Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College -- provides post-secondary educational opportunities for students in our region who are seeking admission to the university but don't yet meet admission criteria. NTCC students participating in the program take their courses on the Southeastern campus and have access to its library, Student Union and other facilities. The program showed additional enrollment growth this fall, reaching 569 students, the highest in the program’s three-year history.
    “We are continually seeking ways to meet the needs of students in the region and beyond by offering unique and purposeful options to succeed,” Crain said.

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