Southeast’s Office of Institutional Research is responsible for providing institutional research and reporting services to clients both within and outside of the University. Our services support planning, accountability, and continuous improvement processes.

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Institutional Research can assist you in gathering and analyzing University data. Share your research question, how you'll use the information, and allow a minimum of two weeks for completion. We're happy to assist you on your research project.

Fast Facts

Enrollment, Retention, and Academic Offerings 

  • Undergraduate enrollment is 8,929 and graduate enrollment is 1,072.
  • Enrollment included 525 undergraduate transfer students.
  • The student population is 61.5% female and 38.5% male.
  • The student population includes 8.4% Black/African American, 2.3% Hispanic, and 3.4% students from other minority ethnic groups.
  • The five-year average incoming freshmen class size is 1,647 students.
  • The average ACT score is 22.39 and the average cumulative GPA is 3.54 for full-time freshmen.
  • The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is 80%.
  • The average age of undergraduate students is 22.
  • The four-year graduation rate is 39.4%; five-year 49.7%; and six-year 50.6%.
  • Southeast offers more than 170+ areas of study.
  • Over 1,550 courses are offered each semester.
  • More than 350 courses are offered online.
  • Southeast offers a wide variety of study-abroad options in more than 35 countries.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1.

Campus Life and Athletics

  • 77% of the students are from Missouri.
  • Out-of-state students represent almst all 50 states, with the largest out-of-state representation being from Illinois.
  • There are 475 international students from 55 different countries studying at Southeast.
  • 66% of students are using University Career Services.
  • The residential student body is approximately 22%.
  • More than 40% of undergraduate students are active members of a student organization and more than 1,000 of these students are in a direct student leadership position or participating in a University leadership development program.
  • Students may choose from 18 residence halls and 8 dining locations.
  • There are more than 238 student organizations.
  • 16% of students are members of Greek social fraternities and sororities.
  • The Student Recreation Center and the Student Aquatic Center are available for students.
  • More than 5,000 students participate in intramural sports or sports clubs.
  • Southeast competes in NCAA Division I, Ohio Valley Conference athletics. Southeast's mascot is Rowdy the Redhawk, and the campus colors are red and black.
  • Women's sports are basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track (indoor/outdoor), and volleyball. There are 159 female athletes.
  • Men's sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and track (indoor/outdoor). There are 204 male athletes.
  • 569 students participated in dance, music, and theatre events and productions.

IPEDS Data Center

IPEDS, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, provides information on U.S. colleges, universities, technical, and vocational institutions. At the Data Center, you can access data to help with your research.

Peer Group

IPEDS Comparison Group
Effective July 1, 2017

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Emporia State University
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University – Fort Wayne
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Youngstown State University

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the Association for Institutional Research was developed to provide members of the Association with some broad ethical statements with which to guide their professional lives and identify relevant considerations when ethical uncertainties arise. It also provides a means for individuals new to the profession to learn about the ethical principles and standards that should guide the work of institutional researchers.

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