Southern University sees a rise in enrollment numbers
BATON ROUGE - Southern University's enrollment numbers are up this fall compared to last year following significant changes to how new students are recruited.
In an interview Monday, University officials said only about 900 freshmen were enrolled in classes at Southern at the end of registration last fall. But, this year, more than 1200 freshman have registered and there are still two weeks left in the registration period.
"For years we had experienced enrollment declines but starting in Fall 2013 things began to stabilize and we've been working to sustain and maintain enrollment growth. At this rate, we may eventually get back to an enrollment of 10,000," said Dr. Brandon Dumas, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Last year, school officials said they started what they refer to as the "Pathway to Prominence" recruitment tour. Campus representatives travel to different cities and states behind the football team to promote not just athletics, but academics.
"Because our athletic fan base is so large, that's a great point to... get recruitment on," Marcus Coleman, the dean of students, said. "We just all go out, talk to people about the great things that Southern is doing and just get people reinvested into Southern University. That's the starting point; it's paying off for us."