CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University begins the new semester with enrollment holding steady, following the first full day of classes of the spring 2016 semester.
Total first-day spring 2016 semester student headcount stands at 10,809, off just 0.5 percent from this time a year ago.
Southeast currently has 9,411 undergraduate and 1,398 graduate students enrolled.
Spring 2016 semester classes began at Southeast Jan. 19.
Key to preliminary enrollment report is growth in beginning freshmen, up 28.4 percent from spring 2015.
Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, also points to climbing numbers in high school enrollment which currently stands at 677, up 17.5 percent from this time last year.
In fall 2013, Southeast launched a new initiative to help high school students prepare for college by making dual credit courses available online.
Also noteworthy in today's enrollment report are growing numbers of degree seeking master's degree and specialist students in the School of Graduate Studies.
Today's report shows 1,204 students enrolled as degree-seeking master's degree students, up 20.4 percent, and 117 specialist students, up 42.7 percent, from this time last year.
Today's enrollment report shows international student headcount at 1,108, up from 1,054 in spring 2015.
African American enrollment is 964, up from 945 at this time last year, and new transfer student enrollment stands at 302, up 5.2 percent from spring 2015.
Southeast is continuing to accept applications for the fall 2016 semester, and students are encouraged to apply online at semo.edu/apply.