|SOUTHEASTERN SUMMER ENROLLMENT TOTALS 5,536
HAMMOND -- More than 5,500 students
are enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana University’s summer 2004 session
as the university puts in place another new admission standard.
The university’s enrollment profile,
issued after the first seven class days, shows a total of 5,536 students
attending summer classes, as compared to 6,042 enrolled in summer 2003
and 5,538 in summer 2002.
“We have been predicting and
expecting that our enrollment would level off as we implemented our new
admissions requirements and focused on attracting students who are fully
prepared for the college experience,” said President Randy Moffett. Southeastern
this summer added a requirement concerning developmental coursework to
its admission standards.
The enrollment profile shows
that the average American College Test composite score for beginning freshmen
in summer 2004 is 19.8, up 6.3 percent from 18.6 a year ago.
While enrollment spiked last
summer largely because of an influx of new graduate students, the current
numbers are more in line with previous summer headcounts, said Stephen
Soutullo, dean of enrollment management.
“Last summer’s enrollment took
an unusually high jump,” Soutullo said. “Graduate enrollment was up 50
percent, due mainly to new programs, such as the Master of Arts in Teaching.”
Tangipahoa Parish continues to
be Southeastern’s top feeder parish, with a total of 1,429 students
from the parish. The other top parishes sending students to Southeastern
include St. Tammany, 1,143; East Baton Rouge, 745; Livingston, 594; Jefferson,
258; and Washington, 217. While all state universities will
put new admissions requirements in place by fall 2005, Southeastern has
chosen to phase in the requirements ahead of the schedule mandated to the
Louisiana Board of Regents.
Beginning this summer,
new freshmen and transfer students with less than 12 hours must have no
more than one developmental course requirement to be fully admitted to
Southeastern. That new admissions rule has been added to the existing admissions
standards, implemented four years ago. Those require new students to meet
one of three criteria: an ACT composite of at least 20, rank in the upper
50 percent of their high school graduating class or a 2.0 high school
grad point average in a set of core courses.
The summer enrollment profile
shows that freshmen enrollment for summer totals 936, while there are 778
sophomores, 898 juniors, 1,691 seniors and 1,233, graduate students attending
the summer session. A total of 3,878 students are female and 1.658 are
male. A total of 195 students are enrolled in developmental courses. The
approximately 13 percent increase over summer 2003 indicates that students
are attempting to satisfy their developmental requirements so that they
can be fully admitted in the fall.
Prospective students have
until July 15 to apply for Southeastern’s fall 2004 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.