Southeastern's freshman class grows


Thursday, September 26, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – More students are choosing Southeastern Louisiana University. The Fall 2019 freshman class grew over 2.2% over the previous year’s freshman class, for a total of 2,733 students, and the university welcomed a better-prepared new student as the overall ACT scores increased.
     Greater numbers of highly qualified students are choosing Southeastern, proven with over a 7.4% increase in the number of students with an ACT of 24 or higher, totaling nearly 800 new students.
     “We are very pleased with our 2019 freshman class. Our recruitment efforts emphasize the quality and value of a Southeastern degree and the incredible caring environment we provide. As a result, we are garnering more and more interest from new students,” said President John L. Crain.
     Southeastern also saw record attendance at each of its on-campus recruitment events this past year, including a 55% increase in Lion Pride Preview events over the previous year.
     “All indicators were that this would be a stronger and better prepared freshman class, and the numbers show exactly what we expected,” explained Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Kay Maurin.
     “Enhancements in our admission applications, improved communications to our new students, and stronger relationships with our high school partners generated positive results,” said Maurin. “Despite the shrinking high school population around the state, we are excited about our positive growth and highly qualified students choosing Southeastern.”
     As the third largest university in Louisiana, Southeastern continues to focus on the personal connections with core values of caring and excellence. Currently offering over 150 programs of study, including many that are regionally and nationally ranked, Southeastern continues to be a leader in higher education around the region.

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