News release
Public Information Office  SLU 10880  Hammond, LA 70402  phone: 985-549-2341  fax: 985-549-2061

Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 6/20/02
     HAMMOND -- Average American College Test (ACT) scores for beginning freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University increased significantly this summer and the overall student headcount is also up over last summer's totals.
     The university's enrollment profile, issued after the first seven class days, shows a total of 5,538 students attending summer classes, approximately 3.2 percent more than the 5,356 students enrolled in summer 2001. The enrollment profile also reflects higher numbers of beginning freshmen, 169; new transfer students, 105; and graduate students, 222. Minority student enrollment also increased to 1205.
     Freshmen enrollment totals 930, while there are 775 sophomores, 881 juniors, and 1,728 seniors and 1,224 graduate students attending the summer session. A total of 3,925 students are female and 1,613 are male.
     The largest number of this summer's students, 1,652,  are from Tangipahoa Parish, followed by St. Tammany, 1,098; East Baton Rouge, 684; Livingston, 617; Jefferson, 249; and Washington, 228.
     "We are especially pleased that the average ACT score for beginning freshmen increased from 19 last summer to 20.3," said Interim Provost John Crain. "Our goals in implementing screened admissions at Southeastern were to attract more academically prepared students and to raise our retention and graduation rates. We're seeing real progress toward achieving these goals with incoming students more likely to be academically successful and finish a four-year degree program."