|SOUTHEASTERN SUMMER ENROLLMENT SHOWS INCREASE
HAMMOND – Enrollment is
up this summer at Southeastern Louisiana University, especially in the
“beginning freshmen” category.
The official enrollment
profile, released after the seventh class day, shows that of the 5,599
students taking classes this summer, 330 are new freshmen, an 88.6 percent
increase over last summer’s freshmen numbers.
said one reason for the jump in new freshmen is the number of recent high
school graduates who are taking advantage of the opportunity to address
deficiencies in mathematics or English before the fall 2005 implementation
of statewide admission standards.
However, Stephen Soutullo,
dean of Enrollment Management, said the summer headcount also includes
a significant number of students -- 61-- with 24 or higher ACT composite
scores. This group includes 33 new freshmen and 28 high school student,
twice as many as last summer. They are taking summer classes through the
“Southeastern Scholars” program, Southeastern’s unique early admissions
scholarship program for qualified high school students and recent high
“I wanted to get a jump
start on my classes, and the Scholars program was a good way to do it,
since the scholarship pays for most of it,” said Jane Frances Rownd, a
May 2005 Hammond High School graduate who will be a freshman music major
at Southeastern this fall. Rownd, who has an ACT composite score of 30
and tested out of a freshman mathematics course, is taking a math statistics
class and a sociology elective this summer. The Southeastern Scholars program
covers her tuition for six hours of coursework.
“I will already have nine
hours out of the way when I start this fall,” she said.
“Southeastern has made
the recruitment of highly-qualified students who are prepared for the academic
challenges of college a top priority,” said Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs John Crain. “Special programs such as Southeastern
Scholars and other learning opportunities and scholarships are helping
to make Southeastern a highly attractive institution for these students.”
Tangipahoa Parish continues
to be one of Southeastern’s top feeder parishes, with a total of 1,446
students. The other top parishes sending students to Southeastern include
St. Tammany, 1,180; East Baton Rouge, 732; Livingston, 575; Washington,
253; and Jefferson, 245.
The summer enrollment profile
shows that freshmen enrollment totals 961, while there are 790 sophomores,
935 juniors, 1,830 seniors and 1,083, graduate students. A total of 3,878
students are female and 1,658 are male.
Prospective students have
until July 15 to apply for Southeastern’s fall 2005 semester without paying
a $50 late fee, Soutullo said. After July 15, a $50 late fee will be added
to the $20 application fee. No applications will be accepted after August
Students can apply for
admission online at www.selu.edu (“Prospective
Students” link); by mail, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402; or in person at
the Admissions Office, North Campus Main Building.