CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Despite admission deferrals Southeast Missouri State University is gearing up for another semester with record enrollment.
The total will include approximately 1,900 incoming freshmen. Last year the university set a record for incoming freshmen with 1,928.
This year may end up with fewer freshmen due to the university’s decision to defer admissions after July 8.
Nevertheless director of admissions Dr. Debbie Below says the university is still expecting record enrollment.
"Total enrolment at the university should go up about two percent," Below says. "Last year we exceeded 11,100 students as a university for the first time. This year that will probably be around 11,300."
The record enrollment number are pushing on-campus housing to the brink. The university has capacity to house approximately 3,100 students.
Seven students will temporarily call rather unconventional surroundings home.
These seven will live in converted dorm lounges for the next few days. Residence Life Director Dr. Bruce Skinner says he is certain that conditions will improve rather quickly for those students.
"Many schools are uncomfortably full at move-in. "We will have about thirty students that don’t show between a week from Friday and Friday," Skinner says. "So this is really a short term problem. It’s an uncomfortable problem for both students and the university. But it’s not the case where fall break rolls around and there are still people living in lounges and people living with RA’s."
To help alleviate some of the stress the university signed a year-long contract with Candlewood Suites to create housing for some 48 students for the school year.
Tim Filla, KRCU
Photo: Vandiver Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.