|SOUTHEASTERN FALL ENROLLMENT TOPS
HAMMOND -- The projections were
accurate: Southeastern Louisiana University’s fall 2002 semester head count
is once again over the 15,000 mark.
At the close of the fall semester
registration period earlier this month, university officials predicted
that enrollment would exceed last fall’s total of 14,522 by more than 500
students, topping 15,000 for the first time in three years. The university’s
fall enrollment profile, issued after the first 14 class days, shows that
a total of 15,195 students are attending classes, a 4.6 percent increase
over fall 2001.
According to Stephen Soutullo,
director of Academic Services, the enrollment gain can be attributed to
Southeastern’s success over the past two years in communicating its admission
requirements to new and transfer students. Southeastern instituted admission
standards in fall 2000.
“More students are applying and
being admitted and high schools students are rising to the challenge of
the new standards,” Soutullo said. “We are very pleased with this semester’s
The fall 2002 headcount also
shows that average American College Test (ACT) composite scores for beginning
freshman, which rose from 19.0 in fall 1999 to 19.7 last year, are remaining
steady. The average composite ACT score for this semester’s 2,486 beginning
freshmen is 19.6.
Broken down by classification,
fall 2002 enrollment includes 5,002 freshmen, 2,775 sophomores, 2,320 juniors,
3,291 seniors, and 1,807 graduate students. Tangipahoa Parish continues
to be Southeastern’s top feeder parish, with a total of 3,728 students
from the parish. The other top parishes sending students to Southeastern
include St. Tammany, 3,225; East Baton Rouge, 2,036; Livingston, 1,826;
Jefferson, 772, and Washington, 691. St. Tammany Parish showed the largest
gain, an 8.6 percent increase over fall 2001.
Graduate enrollment increased
by more than 100 students, Soutullo said. The university has instituted
four new graduate programs over the past two years, including the Master
of Arts in Teaching, which began offering classes during the summer, and
the new Applied Sociology degree, which is new this fall.