SEU Enrollment Continues to Climb
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“It’s always our goal to be at the forefront of innovative higher education,” said SEU President Kent Ingle. “While most colleges have seen a decline in enrollment, we have seen growth due to our commitment to providing affordable and accessible education.”
The fall semester will mark yet another record-breaking year of enrollment for the university with an anticipated total enrollment of more than 9,500 students. Last year's enrollment was 8,759. Nearly 3,000 students will be taking classes on the Lakeland campus.
Southeastern’s growth is mainly due to the increase of extension site campuses nationwide and dual enrollment students. This fall the university will open 37 new extension sites with a total enrollment of close to 2,800 students at all of the sites. Additionally, almost 1,900 students will be enrolled in classes online and nearly 2,300 students will be dual-enrolled.
Several new degree programs were added for the fall semester, including bachelor degrees in biochemistry, biochemistry with a research concentration, kinesiology with a pre-athletic training track and more degree offerings. The biology/pre-med major was also revised to be a bachelor of science degree in biology with four different tracks of study: dentistry, medical sciences, veterinary, and pharmacy.
In addition to incoming freshmen, the university will also welcome its second class of Link students, a program designed to assist students with mild intellectual disabilities in making the transition from high school to adulthood. This year, a total of 10 students will be enrolled in this program. The program’s goal is to provide students with the tools necessary for them to take college classes, obtain gainful employment, and to live independently.
Pathways School of Excellence, a secondary school housed at Southeastern specifically tailored for students with special needs, has already commenced. Pathways starts the year with 51 students.
During the summer, Southeastern continued construction on its new Welcome Center with a projected completion date of October 2019. The center will house administrative offices, interactive displays for campus visitors, and a banquet and catering facility.