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Southern works on freshman retention

3 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago October 07, 2013 Oct 7, 2013 Monday, October 07 2013 October 07, 2013 6:24 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - About a dozen Southern University students are attending a Freshman Seminar class listening to an instructor talk about all the opportunities the school has to offer.

The students are part of Southern's First Year Experience program, which is supposed to ease them through the transition from high school to college life.

Administrators says they have finally turned the corner on keeping students interested in the university

The campus recently got a $6 million gift from the Legislature, and this fall saw its enrollment increase for the first time in nearly a decade.

Campus leaders were stunned when they saw freshman enrollment jump from 743 students in 2012 to 1,115 this fall.

Chancellor James Llorens said the real challenge is keeping those students.

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