Located on 87 acres in the semi-tropical Lakeland, Florida, Southeastern University blends faith with learning for its 2,000 plus student body. SEU was established in 1935 in Alabama with the purpose of training pastors and missionaries, and later relocated to Lakeland in 1946. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit liberal arts university continues to promote Christianity through well-rounded programs, including regularly scheduled chapel services, volunteer service, music programs, clubs and organizations, and intercollegiate and intramural sports. Students from 47 states and 40 countries attend Southeastern and approximately one-fourth of the student body are ethnic minorities. The campus maintains a 19:1 student-faculty ratio.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Southeastern also retains institutional memberships with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Association of Institutional Research, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, Council on Higher Education Accreditation, International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and additional memberships specific to Florida.
Southeastern University developed an online program to cater to the needs of working Christian adults. Online undergraduate programs include:
- Criminal Justice
- Human Services
- Practical Theology with a Selected Minor
- Elementary Education
- Organizational Leadership
- Business & Professional Leadership
Student’s can also pursue a Master’s degree in the fields of:
- Human Services
- Ministerial Leadership
- Business Administration
- Elementary Education
- Educational Leadership
- Teaching and Learning
Southeastern University features an Online Student Orientation to answer questions and guide students through the application processes. Students begin with a technology check and Computer Literacy Survey to test readiness for distance learning. Enrollment requirements follow with necessary application checklists including instructions for first-time freshmen, transfer, international and home-schooled students. Typical undergraduate admission requirements require an application and fee, a required essay, ACT/SAT scores and official transcripts. International students may need to submit additional records, including TOEFL Examination scores (English Proficiency assessment).
Once students are admitted into the online program at SEU, they can manage their accounts, access courses and grades, and participate in discussion boards through Blackboard. Online classes at Southeastern are formatted into eight week sessions that foster learning via multimedia lectures and discussion boards. In addition, Southeastern incorporates lessons for time management, including a Self-Direction for Learning orientation, to ensure the success of online learners. Students can even participate in a sample course to prepare for real-time classes. And SEU supports online learners with resources, such as the library’s electronic databases, academic advising, and technical support.
Eighty-six percent of the students attending Southeastern University benefit from financial aid. SEU supports federal and state aid in the forms of grants and loans. Aid includes:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Perkins Loan Program
- Federal Work-Study Program
- Federal Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Programs
- Federal Parent PLUS Loan
- Florida grants including the Florida Resident Access Grant, the Florida Bright Futures scholarships, and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
In addition, Southeastern awards a large number of merit and need-based institutional and endowed scholarships. SEU also participates in Assembly of God (A/G) aid programs for eligible A/G recipients including tuition assistance for ordained ministers and administrators, and their dependents, as well as scholarships for the dependent children of Assembly of God missionaries and minority students.
Southeastern University also supports veterans and military personnel through various available benefits for qualifying members. SEU partners with Florida Southern College to offer ROTC Scholarships. The University supports the Yellow Ribbon Program and educational assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs. SEU retains VA representatives to certify enrollment hours and tuition for military students.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Assemblies of God Church
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:810
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