DURANT, Okla. – In July, Southeastern Oklahoma State University announced it would not be increasing tuition costs for the first time since 2009-2010. This was certainly good news for students and their parents, as of the 25 public colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Southeastern was one of only six to hold the line on tuition.
And the news keeps getting better.
University officials announced today that with 4,483 students, fall enrollment has reached its highest level in 40 years, according to reports. Records also indicate this ranks among the highest-ever enrollment totals documented in the 109-year history of the institution.
This fall’s enrollment total (Headcount) represents an increase of 13.3 percent over Fall 2017.
Significant enrollment increases occurred this fall at both the graduate and freshman level.
“As an institution, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions over the past four years and our faculty and staff have been unwavering in their support,’’ said Southeastern fifth-year president Sean Burrage. “To meet the challenges of reduced state funding and declining enrollment, we’ve had to think outside the box.
“As the higher education model changes, we are adjusting to meet the needs of our students. For example, there is great demand today for online learning opportunities. Students are looking for flexibility as they balance their academic schedules with work and various family responsibilities. As a result, in addition to traditional face-to-face classroom instruction, we are also offering a number of academic programs completely online, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, and at a competitive cost. These online programs are playing a significant role in our overall enrollment growth.’’
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