Campus leaders share recruiting methods

Student Assistant Virginia Enlow gives potential students a tour of the campus to help promote the university to students. Campus leaders feel that a small size as well as faculty and staff help in talking to students about the campus. Brianna Hawkins/The Lion’s Roar

The university’s orientation leaders, Dylan Domangue, John Sartori and Jasmine Bickham explained the methods they use to recruit students for the university.

When talking to some of the students here on campus on why they chose to come to this university, many students came up with two common answers.

Freshman physics major Brandon Howe gave his reason on why he chose to attend the university.

“At first, I wanted to go to LSU, but it was too expensive and Southeastern was cheaper,” said Howe. “When I went to LSU’s orientation, it sucked to me.”

Freshman Gabrielle Raby also expressed her reason for choosing to attend the university.

“I came to Southeastern because one, I had to choose between here, LSU or UL cause it’s close enough to home but it’s also far enough away as well,” said Raby. “Also, Southeastern just seems safer and friendlier, like the faculty and people and teachers here seem more willing to help you out with whatever you need. Plus, classrooms are smaller. It’s a big enough campus where it doesn’t seem too crowded or too small. Everything is close by.”

Sartori believes one of the reasons students come here has to do with the size of the campus.

 “It’s the fact that what we do we’re good at,” said Sartori. “You know, we have a great communication department. We have one of the best education departments in the state and one of the best nursing programs in the state. So, it’s not just that we’re a small school. You’re going to get to know your professors, like your professors are going to know what they are talking about. And I feel like people don’t realize that enough before they come here. And once people come here and get into their classes and they ask their friends at other schools how they’re doing, they kinda realize that.”

Domangue discussed the top three things he tries to promote to potential students.

“One of the main things we promote is the textbook rental system,” said Domangue. “We are the only school that uses this in the entire state. If a student pays $45 then it covers for all the books in that class. Over time, they can save around $4,000. The second thing we promote is the student-to-faculty ratio. Many classes have around 20 students per class. This allows the students to have a close relationship. The teachers know the students’ names and are willing to help the students. The third thing we promote is campus safety. We have the safest university in the state. Part of this is thanks to our blue emergency boxes around campus and our helpful campus police.”

Bickham tries to promote cheaper tuition, closeness to professors and networking.

“If you go to other universities, it’s like double digits like in the thousands,” said Bickham. “But here at Southeastern, the maximum is probably like $8,000. So, it’s like really cheap. Another thing is how you can go to your professors, ask for help and try to get to know them.”

The orientation leaders also think that improving the university involves adjusting to more students and showing pride.

“I think the main thing is that as our university grows and gets bigger we have to adjust properly to that,” said Domangue. “This means more parking lots and parking spaces. We are a commuter school, so we need places for them to get on campus when they come.”