Southeastern’s summer semester has experienced its highest enrollment growth since 2014.

Overall student numbers are up 10.4 percent, with undergraduate student growth at 12.3 percent and graduate student numbers increasing by 1.3 percent. The number of continuing Southeastern undergraduate students enrolled in the summer semester also increased by 15.3 percent.

This is due in part to a reimagining of the established Summer Smart program to better meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring safe and expanded access to coursework while reducing costs for all students. This new program is named Summer Online.

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin said an additional 422 current students enrolled for summer course work compared to last year. She explained that the strategy for the summer was to be accessible and affordable and described the online offerings and the summer scholarships as enticing, with the needed courses in an accessible format and the cost to attend reasonable.

“We waived admission application fees and continued to offer the Summer Smart scholarship to undergraduates, while also expanding it to include graduate students,” she said. “We thought it important to provide financial incentives, especially during these challenging times. We care about our students, and we want them to be able to complete their degrees as efficiently as possible and with little to no debt.”

Maurin said the University is pleased with the growth experienced this summer.

“Because we were responsive to the environment created by COVID-19, we were able to quickly adapt and offer summer coursework in an accessible online format,” she explained. “Even though this global pandemic has changed the way we do business, it shouldn’t have a negative impact on an individual’s desire to pursue a college degree. That was foremost in our minds as we planned the summer semester.”

Southeastern’s summer program now provides one of the best values among four-year colleges in South Louisiana. Summer semester terms range from four to eight weeks.

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