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Graduate programs fuel Southeastern student surge

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University has its highest enrollment ever. (KTEN) Southeastern Oklahoma State University has its highest enrollment ever. (KTEN)
Outgoing SOSU President Sean Burrage says the future is bright for the Durant campus. (KTEN) Outgoing SOSU President Sean Burrage says the future is bright for the Durant campus. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Texoma is growing, with new businesses and new residents.

More people are going to school, too.

This fall, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has its largest student population in the institution's history, with nearly 5,000 enrolled.

"Most of the increase we're seeing currently are graduate programs," said Byron Clark SOSU's vice president of student affairs. "Something like our MBA is growing quite well."

Clark adds that the staff and faculty are the heart and soul of the university.

"We have a really good group of people here at Southeastern, and even though there might be similar prices, we give them high quality education, but the people that serve them are doing very very well for us," he said.

SOSU President Sean Burrage believes that they offer something other universities don't.

"Sometimes, one-on-one instruction time with these professors with classes of 20 students or less in them, there's no way to replace that," he said. "There's no way to replace that experience or that face-to-face experience with the professors."

Burrage will soon be leaving Durant to become the vice president of executive affairs at the University of Oklahoma. He said the decision to move was far from easy, because he'll miss interacting with Southeastern students.

"I enjoy that so much," Burrage said. "On days that I'm in Durant, I eat lunch in the cafeteria where I can be with the students every day and learn about their classes, learn about their family, learn about their home town."

Southeastern senior Brianna Pierce said what attracted her to the university is that it felt like a home away from home.

"Immediately, I was greeted and welcomed by the staff and faculty here on campus," she said. "All of the student leaders welcomed me, and it was just a very fun, energetic and welcoming environment from the get-go."

Burrage said even though he's moving on, he sees a bright future for Southeastern.

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