Students will begin fall classes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Monday, Aug. 19.

Freshman Convocation is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. At this event, Southeastern President Sean Burrage and faculty members will formally welcome freshmen to campus. Immediately following convocation, a cookout will be held on the front lawn of campus for students and their family members.

Faculty members will also be preparing for the new semester, with a Faculty Symposium scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The General Faculty-Staff meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 15, and New Faculty Orientation is set for Friday, Aug. 16.

Southeastern’s Fall 2018 enrollment reached a 40-year high with 4,483 students, while the Spring 2019 numbers were the highest for a spring semester since 1983. This continued growth is attributed, in large part, to increasing numbers in Southeastern’s popular online graduate programs.

In addition, the university recently announced that for the second year in a row, students will not see an increase in tuition rates. Southeastern president Sean Burrage said the decision to hold the line on tuition costs sends a clear message to students and parents that the University is doing its best to ensure that a college education is both affordable and accessible.

Currently, 90 percent of Southeastern students receive some form of financial aid, and each year, about 50 percent of graduates are first-generation college graduates. At the same time, the University continues to expand its online course offerings as one effort to broaden the accessibility to a college degree.

A new pilot program initiated by the state means high school juniors in Oklahoma can receive tuition-free enrollment in concurrent courses at Southeastern.

A statement from Southeastern said that qualified high school juniors may receive up to nine hours of credit over two semesters with no tuition costs. Students are responsible for university fees, books and other course materials. The concurrent students may take classes on the university campus or by electronic delivery.

The pilot program is being funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Southeastern.

High school seniors are already eligible to earn up to 18 hours of credit tuition-free.