Southeastern University is a Christian institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This institution was founded in 1935 in order to train pastors and missionaries. The Mediterranean-style campus is located on 87 acres in Lakeland, Florida. Lakeland is located roughly halfway between Tampa and Orlando.
The academic programs at Southeastern include Biblical studies in their curriculum. All freshman students are required to take the course Christ, Culture, and the University. Freshmen and sophomores are required to take the course Personal Financial Stewardship until they have completed the General Education requirements. Sophomores and juniors take the course Faith Integration, which is taught by their major department. Faith Integration offers three courses students are required to take including: introduction to the Bible, Life of Christ, and Introduction to Theology. Students must also pick one of the following classes: Principles of Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, or World Religions. Chapel attendance is also a requirement for all students and chapel is held three times a week in the mornings.
Classes for the undergraduate program are mostly offered during the day. However there are also some programs, which offer classes in the evening, online, and in the hybrid form. The different colleges offered for the undergraduate program include: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Legal Studies, the College of Education, and the College of Christian Ministries and Religion.
None of the classes for the graduate programs are offered during the day. Classes are offered in the evening, online, or in the hybrid form. The colleges offered for the graduate program include: the College of Business and Legal Studies, the College of Christian Ministries and Religion, the College of Education, and the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges listed the Public Affairs program as one of the best grad schools.
Southeastern offers an Honors Program for incoming freshmen demonstrating high academic achievement. This program consists of 24-30 hours of advanced study in either General Education requirements or in the student’s major area of study. During a student’s senior year they are required to complete a major thesis. The benefits of being in this program is that these students receive an annual scholarship, are able to attend an annual National Leadership Forum, and generally have a smoother transition into a graduate program. Students in this program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and must be enrolled full-time.
The College of Christian Ministries and Religion offers an International Studies Program in Jerusalem. This program allows students to study Biblical history and Middle Eastern culture. All students are able to participate in this program, however for students enrolled in the College of Christian Ministries and Religion it is a requirement. This program is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters and students will earn a total of 15 credit hours. The courses students take in this program includes: the Historical Geography and Archaeology of Israel, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, and Ministry in Intercultural Context.
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All students attending this university must be Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives. Students who wish to enroll at Southeastern after completing high school education should apply during the fall semester of their senior year. All Students applying to the undergraduate program must submit an application online, an essay, official high school transcripts or GED test scores, official college transcripts from all previously attended institutions (if applicable), SAT or ACT scores, and a Christian Character Recommendation. Transfer students are required to submit their official high school transcripts or GED scores if they have completed less than 24 credit hours.
International students must additionally submit a copy of their passport, a copy of any valid U.S. visa held, and official TOEFL scores if English is not their native language. Also all transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service before being submitted. Once international students have been accepted for admissions they must complete an Affidavit for Financial Support, pay the I-20 fee through SEVIS, and make an appointment with the U.S. Consulate for their visa and in regards to various other details.
Home Schooled Students:
Home schooled students who wish to apply to Southeastern are able to create their own transcript of all the high school course work they have taken. These students are also able to submit a portfolio containing completed course descriptions and research papers or projects. Also homeschooled students are required to submit all of the same documentation as the other incoming students.
Students interested in applying to a graduate program must visit the Southeastern University official website to find out the specific requirements for the program they wish to enroll in. However all students applying to a graduate program must submit an online application for the program they wish to enroll in, a nonrefundable application fee, official college transcripts, a Christian Character Assessment, and a Professional Recommendation.
Students who are Florida residents have several financial aid opportunities including: the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), the Florida Bright Futures scholarships, and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.
There are also several Academic Scholarships offered at Southeastern, which include: the Southeastern University Honors Program, the Chancellor’s Scholars, the President’s Scholars, the Quest Scholars, the Journey Scholars, the Venture Scholars, the National Merit Scholars, the National Hispanic Scholars, the National Achievement Scholars, and the Southeastern University Grant.
Students may also be eligible for various Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships. The Scholarship Committee decides the eligibility requirements for these scholarships. There are also two scholarships awarded by the General Council of the Assemblies of God and these include the J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship and the Endowed Scholarship Program for Minority Students. Federal grants and loans are also available for eligible students. Students interested in applying for financial aid should visit the Southeastern official website for further details.
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Students are required to dress “modestly” in order to prepare them for their future professional careers as well as to withhold the standards of the church.
More than half of the student population lives on-campus. Students under 21 years of age are required to live on campus unless they live with a family member. Students living on-campus who are over the age of 20 do not have a curfew. However students under 20 years of age must be in their residence halls by 1 am. All of the residence halls house either male or female students only. The rooms available are either two-room or four-room suites.
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The athletic department is a member of the NCCAA Division I. Their sports teams are known as the Fire and the schools colors are red, white, and black. The athletic teams available for men to compete in include: basketball, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, and golf. Women have the opportunity to compete in the following sports teams: basketball, soccer, cheerleading, tennis, and volleyball. Students interested in trying out for an athletic team can do so at the beginning of each semester. There are also several intramural programs available for students including softball, basketball, volleyball, and flag football.
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