Retention Rate Reaches High; Freshman Class Swells

Retention Rate Reaches High; Freshman Class Swells

With the highest retention rate in school history and a flourishing beginning freshman class, Southeast Missouri State University begins the fall 2016 semester in robust fashion.

Total enrollment stood at 11,536 opening week, a 1.1 percent increase from that time last year. Preliminary figures indicate Southeast has its highest retention rate in recent history with 74.3 percent of its new students from last fall returning for the fall 2016 semester. Southeast also is bolstered by a 10.6 percent increase in beginning freshmen, including a nine percent enrollment growth among Missouri students along with an 11 percent increase among new students from Cape Girardeau County.

Total beginning freshman enrollment has grown to 1,875 this fall, up from 1,695 at this time last year. This year’s surging beginning freshman class includes a record number of Illinois students. First-day enrollment figures show 331 new first-time students from Illinois enrolled this fall, nearly a 50 percent increase from fall 2012. New first-time enrollments also have jumped by 22 percent during the past year among students from the Greater St. Louis Area.

The beginning freshman class this fall is also increasingly diverse, boasting a record number of African American and Hispanic students. New, first-time African American student headcount is up 24 percent from a year ago while new first-time Hispanic student enrollment has grown 33 percent from fall 2015.

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