The Fall of 2015 semester is here for students at Southern University. It looks like this year, things may get a little crowded.
“We have a waiting list. We have a waiting list in housing as well. We’ve had some buildings on campus that we’ve renovated. So that we can accommodate those students,” said Marcus Coleman, the Dean of Students at SUBR. “So that’s a great problem to have, and it’s worked out well for us.”
Coleman said more than 1,000 freshmen have already signed up for this semester, which is hundreds more than last year.
“It’s been great. Our first year enrollment for freshmen has been up,” Coleman explained. “So, we’re really excited about that.”
Over the past decade, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, across the country, have struggled with lack of enrollment. Coleman said recruitment is key.
“Our Pathway to Prominence recruitment tour that was implemented by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has worked for us,” he said. “It’s been a community-wide recruitment effort for us. So, that’s paid off.”
Sophomore Zachary Williams agrees it did pay off.
“I feel like until you actually attend an HBCU, it’s hard to really understand the feeling of unity, and just it really makes you appreciate being an eduated black person, when you go to college and see other educated black people striving toward the same thing you are,” said Williams.
For some students, like Kadasjah McMillon, she always knew she wanted to come here.
“Just attending the games when I was a little girl, I just always felt like I belonged here. It felt like home,” McMillon said.
“That’s that nourishing that only a historically black college can do for a student,” Coleman continued. “So Southern University is proud to be one of those many HBCUs that’s transformed the lives of students, who at some point in their lives may have not thought that they had a future. They come to Southern University, and it does wonders for them.”
Classes for Southern started on Monday. However, the university is still enrolling and registering students for this semester. So it’s not too late.