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Southeastern University

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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.

Honors Program:

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.

Study Abroad:

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:

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.

Graduate Admissions:

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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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Ranks 47th in Florida and 1445th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.04
Arrest 1 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.37
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 36 0.04
Robbery 140 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,333 1.35
Larceny 3,612 3.66
Vehicle theft 202 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population31,593 (31,589 urban / 4 rural)
Households13,347 (2.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,120
Families7,879 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationAssemblies of God Church
Congressional District1215

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1161st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,986 $18,986 $18,986
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $791 $791 $791
FT Graduate Tuition $11,151 $11,151 $11,151
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $465 $465 $465
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $32,234 $32,234 $32,234
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,046 $32,046 $32,046
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $22,386 $22,386 $22,386

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,718 $18,596 $17,718 $18,596 $17,718 $18,596
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,220 $8,605
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,124 (1,020 male / 1,104 female)
Admitted 1,260 (579 male / 681 female)
Admission rate 59%
First-time Enrollment 865 (432 male / 433 female)
FT Enrollment 842 (422 male / 420 female)
PT Enrollment 23 (10 male / 13 female)
Total Enrollment3,434

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Basketball Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Florida Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

1117th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

956th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 59%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,474
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$4,278
Board Fee$4,488

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2063rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,089 ($61,462 male / $56,217 female)
Number of FT Faculty 101 (67 male / 34 female)
Number of PT Faculty 211
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,595,681

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