Southeastern Louisiana University was founded in 1925. Today this public institution is the third largest university in Louisiana as well as the second largest state university providing distance education for students. It was also listed as one of the best regional universities in the South in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges. The school is located on a rural, 365-acre campus in Hammond, Louisiana. Hammond is only about 45 miles southeast of Baton Rouge and roughly 50 miles north of New Orleans.
Class sizes are kept relatively small at this institution, allowing students to have a more personal relationship with the faculty at Southeastern. More than half of the classes contain approximately 20-49 students and only a small percentage contain more than 50 students.
Southeastern Louisiana University has over 70 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs with 26 departments and programs available for students. The different colleges offered at this university include the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the College of Business, the Division of General Studies, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Science and Technology. Out of all the programs offered, some of the most popular majors include business, management and marketing; education, liberal arts and sciences studies, and and humanities; health professions; and psychology. The nursing program and the speech-language pathology program were individually ranked among the best grad school programs in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Southeastern offers three different associate’s degrees online, which include liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities. There is also a bachelor’s degree offered online in nursing. Students also have the option of choosing from about 320 online courses to supplement their curriculum.
An honors program is offered for students demonstrating high academic achievement. Students enrolled in this program will benefit from the small class sizes as well as Early-Priority Registration every semester. All honors students are required to complete an Honors Thesis under the guidance of a faculty member.
Southeastern also offers a summer Study Abroad program for its students. This program allows students to experience different cultures while giving them a new perspective on the world. Some of the countries the program has recently visited include Italy, Germany, Spain, China, England, the Galapagos, and Panama.
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Southeastern has its own cable television channel known as The Southeastern Channel. This station broadcasts university sponsored television programs, which include credit courses, lectures, concerts, theatrical productions, and career development and enhancement programs.
Students entering the university from high school have several different programs they can apply for. These programs include the Gifted and Talented Program, the Southeastern Scholars Program, the Early Admissions Program, and the Beginning Freshman program. The Southeastern Scholars Program allows high school students to start attending college courses while they are still in high school during the summer as well as during the school year. The Gifted and Talented Program allows students to take more challenging college courses. Requirements for the programs listed above can be found on Southeastern’s official website.
All incoming freshman must have graduated with a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 and completed the Board of Regents High School Core Curriculum. Applications for all programs can be completed online. There is a small application fee and a late fee is added onto the application fee for all applications received after the initial deadline. Students must also submit their official high school transcripts, GED scores, or home school transcripts from a state-approved home study program. Also students must send their official ACT test scores and a proof of immunization form.
Transfer students that have earned less than 12 credit hours must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, meet all of the criteria of incoming freshmen, and they cannot have been suspended from their previous institution. If the transfer student has completed more than 12 credit hours, they must have completed all developmental course requirements, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and they cannot have been suspended from their previous institution. All college credits received by transfer students from other institutions will be evaluated through the Louisiana Board of Regents Statewide Student Transfer Guide and Articulation System. Credits transferring to Southeastern will maintain the grade earned at the previous institution.
International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and submit their scores. These students must also submit official high school transcripts and/or college transcripts (translated into English), take the ACT, and provide immunization information. Students requiring an I-20 must also submit a statement of financial responsibility. If the international student is applying as a transfer student they must additionally complete the Financial Statement of Support and follow the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. International students are only accepted at this university if they demonstrate high academic achievement.
Southeastern offers various scholarship opportunities for students. Some of the scholarships offered include the Southeastern Honor Scholarship, the Senator Ben Nevers Transfer Scholarships, the Progression Scholarship, the Southeastern Merit Award, the Excellence in Commitment to Education & Leadership (ExCEL) and various departmental scholarships. There are also several third party scholarships available for students and information regarding these can be found at Southeastern’s official website.
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The student population is made up of more females than males and is very diverse, with students enrolled from over 40 different states and over 50 different countries. For the most part, Southeastern is a commuter school with nearly all students having a car on campus.
Most students live off-campus but a small percentage of students do live on campus. Students who wish to live on-campus must be enrolled in a full-time course load. They must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or have a GPA of 2.0 from the previous fall or spring semester. The residence halls offer both double occupancy rooms and private rooms. Telephone connections are only available in some of the rooms due to the decreasing demand for such services. Students interested in living on-campus must submit a Housing application online and pay a processing fee. The processing fee can be paid online using a credit card or by mailing a check or money order to the Controller’s Office. All students living on-campus must purchase a meal plan. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited, even if the student is of legal age.
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Southeastern’s athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference (SLC). Their sports teams are known as the Lions. The sports available for men include baseball, basketball, football, golf, and track and field, cross country. Women are also able to compete on several sports teams including basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, cross country, and volleyball. Students participating in the athletic program may be eligible to receive various endowments and scholarships.
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