Southeast Missouri State University will have to turn students away

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 7:59 p.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU — For the second straight year, Southeast Missouri State University will have to tell some new students to wait until the spring to start because its residence halls are full.

The Cape Girardeau school says it's expecting another large freshman class.

Southeast Missouri State requires students to live on campus if they are beginning freshmen or new transfers with fewer than 57 completed credit hours, under 21, unmarried, not supporting children, not a veteran and not living with a parent.

Applicants who don't meet one of the exceptions and live more than 50 miles from Cape Girardeau have until July 8 to complete the admission process and submit their $150 housing deposit. If they fail to meet the deadline, they'll be deferred until spring.

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Allan Sharrock July 1, 2011 | 2:04 a.m.

Good job not educating the public SEMO.

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Ellis Smith July 1, 2011 | 3:51 a.m.

Interesting. Is the situation "bad" when it applies to SEMO but acceptable when it has already occurred within University of Missouri System?

During the 2010-2011 academic year, as noted more than once in articles in this newspaper, Missouri University of Science & Technology, a 141-year-old division of University of Missouri, operated with capped enrollment. Student population for the academic year was about 7,100.

There is no place left on or off campus to house more students. Paradoxically, during the past decade the campus underwent significant improvements in number and condition of classrooms and laboratories (as well as a large dormitory, said to be the finest in the System, and also a new student center).

Enrollment increased rapidly. Students and their parents have discovered that science and engineering in the United States are professions which pay well and experience little unemployment.

Good job not educating the public, UM System. MU's chancellor has been quoted (in an article in this newspaper) as stating that MU enrollment may also max out.

The MS&T situation does have an interesting aspect. MS&T now employs admission standards that are tougher than the rest of the System.

Send rejected engineering students to MU? Fine (already happening), but MS&T has roughly double the number of engineering majors that MU does. Maybe Paul can help us send engineering students not accepted at MS&T to Iraq. Perhaps Iraqis are more enlightened when it comes to engineering education.

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