Despite pandemic, SLU enrollment up again!
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University today reported a solid increase in enrollment across both undergraduate and graduate students, reaching its highest number of students in three years.
Due to the challenges brought by the global pandemic, Southeastern quickly shifted to an online format, which ultimately helped enrollment growth. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 1.5 percent, while graduate enrollment experienced an increase of .7 percent.
“We are pleased to see an increase in fall enrollment this year,” said Chief Enrollment Management Officer Kay Maurin. “In the midst of peak enrollment and recruiting season this past spring, the university switched to an online environment. As a result, recruiting, advising, new student orientation, financial aid counseling and many other functions that impact enrollment also shifted to the online environment. I believe we were successful because we created a seamless transition to that environment for current and future students and continued to offer a top notch educational experience rooted in our core values of excellence and caring.”
With an overall enrollment of 14,461, an increase of 1.4 percent, Southeastern experienced growth in several categories. Southeastern’s commitment to adult education yielded a 15.2 percent increase in enrollment of new graduate students. Enrollment of students from Southeastern’s top three feeder parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Livingston increased by 2.3 percent.
“Our recruitment strategy is to remain mission centered. As such, our recruitment efforts focused on providing outstanding educational experiences for students on the Northshore and in the Southeast Louisiana parishes,” Maurin said.
Southeastern currently offers over 150 programs of study including many that are regionally and nationally ranked.