Record Retention Rate Marks Fall 2017

Southeast Missouri State University opened the fall 2017 semester with its highest retention rate ever and with its residence halls at 100 percent occupancy.

The University reports 75.4 percent of its new students from last fall returning for the fall 2017 semester, a sign the University is making progress towards retention goals University PresidentCarlos Vargas set for the institution a year ago.

Southeast Residence Life was at 100 percent capacity and placed eight students on a wait list for on-campus housing and reopened Cheney Hall to temporarily accommodate students wishing to live on campus this fall.

Building on its highest rate of returning students in school history, Southeast encourages incoming students to plan now to attend a Show Me Day on campus this fall to visit Southeast and learn about the variety of academic programs and services offered. Students are encouraged to apply in November to meet the Dec. 1 deadline for early scholarship consideration and on-campus housing. Apply online at

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