Encouraging enrollment numbers at Southeast Missouri State University

Encouraging enrollment numbers at Southeast Missouri State University
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Nationwide, enrollment numbers are up on most college campuses.   This fall Southeast Missouri State University expects to follow that trend. "More and more, college students want to stay close to home, within about a hundred miles," says Debbie Below, Director of Enrollment and Admissions at Southeast.

That's good news for parents who don't want their kids going off to school far away, and it's good news for Southeast, as it's becoming a very regional draw. "It's a beautiful campus, plus it's not too big and not too small,"  says Heather Sherman, a prospective student from O'Fallon, IL.

Heather and her mother were visiting campus to get a better feel if it's the right fit for them.   Both were impressed with the campus itself and the academic offerings.
That's another focus of Southeast's.  Debbie Below says they're not just emphasizing classroom work, instead there's a real-world workplace emphasis in many programs.
Campus tours, like the one Heather and her mom took Thursday are up 28%, which certainly helps attract and enroll future Redhawks.