Southern University sees growth in student enrollment numbers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Southern University’s flagship campus has seen steady growth in undergraduate and graduate student enrollment numbers over the last five years.

According to SU officials, a preliminary total of 7,404 students are currently enrolled for the current semester — a seven percent increase from fall 2020 and a 17 percent increase in the number of first-time freshmen.

“This steady increase in enrollment is an obvious testament that Southern University continues to stand as a premier institution of higher learning,” said Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College. “It is also a testament that students look to Southern to create and continue legacies that positively impact their families and communities.”

School officials report an increase in enrollment of Asian, Native American or Alaskan Indian descent, and Hispanic students. Southern University reports a 75 percent increase in students of Asian descent, a 25 percent increase in students of Native American or Alaskan Indian descent, and a 15 percent increase in students of Hispanic descent.

“Students come from 40 states in the U.S., including Louisiana, with 63 parishes represented,” according to a news release. “Nearly 30 countries are also represented in this fall class. With the given enrollment growth, Southern is well-positioned for target goal attainment as indicated in the campus strategic plan.”

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