2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 31, 2020  
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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General Information


Southeastern University encourages students to develop to their fullest potential by integrating personal faith and higher learning. In keeping with this philosophy, the Admission Committee gives consideration to Christian character, academic achievement, ability, and purpose when reviewing applicants for admission. Consideration is given to all credentials required and/or submitted. Acceptance or rejection is made after evaluation of the applicant’s complete qualifications.

Southeastern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (in compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972), national and ethnic origin, or handicap (in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act), with regard to the admission and employment policies, the educational, financial aid, athletic or other programs and privileges to students at the university. Southeastern University does not discriminate against disabled persons who are otherwise eligible for admission to the university.

The application deadline for incoming students is May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. Applications for admission are accepted as early as 12 months before the requested entry semester. To allow adequate time for processing, applicants should give careful attention to enrollment confirmation deadlines, June 1st for fall applicants and November 15th for spring applicants. Direct application requests to the Admission Office.

First Time Freshman Applicants

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an Application for Admission and a $40 non-refundable application fee. First time freshmen are only admitted for the fall and spring semesters. A first time freshman is anyone who has not yet graduated from high school (regardless of the number of college hours earned) or anyone who has graduated from high school or holds a GED but has not yet earned college credit. Other requirements are outlined below:

  1. Evidence of a high school diploma from a public or private secondary school or a high school equivalency diploma earned through the General Education Development Test (GED);
  2. E-ACT or SAT test scores;
  3. Christian Character assessment;
  4. Required essay;
  5. Official high school transcript;
  6. Official transcripts from any college/university you have attended;
  7. Any additional documentation requested by the Committee.

Direct application requests to the Admission Office.

Home Schooled Freshman Applicants

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an Application for Admission and a $40 non-refundable application fee. Other requirements are outlined below:

  1. Evidence of a high school diploma from a home schooling agency or a high school equivalency diploma earned through the General Education Development Test (GED); and a transcript of all courses taken from grades 9-12;
  2. A portfolio or additional documentation may be requested to evaluate the home school course work;
  3. E-ACT or SAT test scores;
  4. Christian Character Assessment;
  5. Required essay;
  6. High school transcript;
  7. And official transcripts from any college/university you have attended.

Dual Enrollment

High school students who are at least 16 years old, a junior or senior in high school and have a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply for dual enrollment. Students may take freshman and sophomore level classes that have no prerequisites, subject to approval by the Registrar.  To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a Dual Enrollment Application and the Supplement for Dual Enrollment. The first course is offered at no cost. Subsequent courses are offered at 50% of current tuition.

Direct application requests to the Admission Office.

Early Admission

Applicants who have completed their junior year of high school and are at least 16 years of age may apply for early admission to complete their senior year of high school while attending Southeastern University. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an Application for Admission, a $40 non-refundable application fee, and the Supplement for Dual Enrollment. Other requirements are outlined below:

  1. High school transcript showing a grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  2. Letter from the parent or guardian consenting to early admission;
  3. Recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor;
  4. A list of courses approved by the high school guidance counselor;
  5. Letter from the applicant’s high school stating the diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of the college level courses at Southeastern University;
  6. Required essay;
  7. Academic recommendation and Christian Character Assessment;
  8. Any additional documentation requested by the Committee.

Direct application requests to the Admission Office.

International Students

International students applying for admission must meet all normal requirements for admission for freshmen or transfer students. Additional requirements are as follows:

  1. TOEFL scores for students whose native language is not English: a minimum score of 500 paper-based, or 61 on the Internet-based (IBT) test;
  2. Financial sponsorship while in the United States as evidenced by the Affidavit of Financial Support (required for release of the I-20);
  3. Copy of valid passport and any U.S. visas held.

International students who hope to transfer in college credit earned at universities outside the U.S. must have an independent evaluation done of their transcripts. Certified English translation of all documents must also be provided, if necessary. The cost for these services must be paid by the applicant. For a list of qualified evaluators go to http://www.naces.org/members.htm or contact the Admission Office. An I-20 for non-resident aliens will not be issued until all documentation for admission has been received and approved.

Admission and Matriculation for Under-Prepared Students

Tier 1 – These students are those with a minimum GPA of 2.0, SAT of 900-1000 (out of 1600) combined or 1300-1500 (out of 2400), or ACT of 17-18 composite average, and/or TOEFL of 500 (paper based) or 61 (internet based). These students can be admitted to SEU and attain academic success with conscientious effort and the following mandatory activities: advising sessions, developmental courses, and tutoring sessions.

Tier 2 – These students are those with GPA lower than 1.9, ACT of 16 composite or lower, SAT score below 900 combined (out of 1600) or 1300 combined (out of 2400), and/or TOEFL score below 500 (paper) or 61 (internet). These students are below developmental level and determined by GPA, ACT/SAT, and/or TOEFL scores to be inadequately prepared for college level rigor. Tier 2 students should consider attending a community college before engaging in academic rigor at SEU. These students should attain a B average in college prep courses in order to attain a C in college level courses (projected outcome).

ACT/SAT – Students who score below 16 on the Math portion of the ACT or below 440 on the Math portion of the SAT will be registered for MATH-0113 Beginning Algebra, a course that does not count toward total hours required for a degree program. Students who score between 16 and 18 on the Math portion of the ACT or between 440 and 475 on the Math portion of the SAT will be enrolled in MATH-1013 Intermediate Algebra, which counts only as elective credit and does not meet a math requirement. Students who score below 17 on Sentence Skills or 18 on the Reading portion of the ACT or below 440 on the Verbal SAT will be enrolled in Developmental English, which does not count for college credit.

TOEFL – Students who score below 500 (paper) or 61 (internet) on TOEFL cannot matriculate at SEU due to lack of English skills. These students are encouraged to obtain intense English tutoring at home for another semester, re-take the TOEFL, and then re-apply to SEU.

Special diplomas – Special diplomas (certificate of completion) do not meet the requirement of a high school diploma or GED. Students with special diplomas will need to succeed in a community college prior to matriculation at SEU.

Readmission of Former Students

Former students who have not been in attendance within one semester, or who withdrew during a semester for any reason, must submit a formal application for readmission. Re-applicants must be in good standing and receive approval from the offices of Admission, Student Financial Services, Registrar, Business, and Student Development, Academic Advising to return. Contact the Admission Office to obtain an application for readmission.

Re-applicants who exited in good standing are eligible to apply at any time. Former students who were suspended or dismissed (academically or socially) may apply for readmission at the end of the period of suspension. The student must write a letter of appeal and submit this letter with the other required admission documents. The Director of Admission must evaluate students applying for readmission after a suspension or dismissal. The Director of Admission will consult with other areas of the university as necessary.

Former students who attended other institutions since leaving Southeastern must provide an official transcript from each institution attended. The regulations on the acceptance of transfer credit apply to any re-admitted student.

Transfer Students

Applicants applying for admission as transfer students must meet the same requirements as applicants applying for first time enrollment. Transfer applicants for the fall and spring semesters are accepted on a rolling basis with notification upon completion of application procedure.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A limited number of applicants are admitted as non-degree seeking students. These are individuals who wish to take academic courses but do not wish to pursue a degree program. Direct application requests to Admission Office.

This may include the following:

  1. Dual enrolled students;
  2. Public or private school teachers seeking continuing education and additional certification;
  3. Individuals with the maturity and background to benefit from undergraduate class work, but not planning to pursue a degree;
  4. Audit Students. An applicant applying for admission as an audit student must submit a Non-Degree Seeking Student Application. No record of previous academic work is required. An audit student will earn no college credit, nor will academic work be graded. Enrollment will be subject to availability of space.
  5. Transient Students. A student enrolled at another institution may take a course(s) at Southeastern University and transfer the credit to the other institution. To be considered as a transient student, the applicant must apply for enrollment at Southeastern University and have written permission from the Registrar of the other institution.

Consult the Admission Office for documentation required for admission.

Application Procedure


All degree seeking applicants to Southeastern University must submit the following:

  1. Application for Admission;
  2. $40 non-refundable application fee;
  3. Required essay;
  4. Official high school transcript showing date of graduation, or a copy of the high school equivalency diploma and GED scores;
  5. Christian Character assessment;
  6. E-ACT or SAT test scores;
  7. Additional documentation as required by the Admission Committee under the applicant’s entrance status.
  8. Official transcripts from any college/university you have attended.

The applicant must request official transcripts, test scores, other credentials and reference forms to be sent directly to Southeastern University. Test scores (E-ACT or SAT) recorded on the high school transcript are considered official. All documents submitted become the property of Southeastern University and will not be released to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency, or person.

An applicant admitted on a provisional basis must submit any missing documents before the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to comply with this request could result in delayed enrollment for the next semester, or reclassification to a non-degree status. Direct application requests to the Admission Office.

Basic standards of conduct have been established by the university administration. All students, including non-degree students are required to abide by the university policies while on campus. No smoking is permitted in the buildings or on the premises; and alcohol, illegal drugs and profanity are prohibited.

Entrance Examinations


Applicants for admission are required to submit scores from the E-ACT of the American College Testing Program or the SAT of the College Entrance Examination Board. Entering students who score below the minimum required score on the E-ACT or SAT must enroll in appropriate preparatory courses to raise their skills to acceptable collegiate levels.  The minimum required scores are:

E-ACT:   Reading   (18)   SAT:   Critical Reading   (440)
    Sentence Skills   (17)       Writing   (440)
    Math (19)       Math   (440)

Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores will be required to take another placement test upon admittance at their own expense. In order to ensure that all students are placed in the proper courses, all students are required to take a placement test.   

Traditional or Evening and Weekend and Online students with prior college credits (12-50) but no ACT/SAT scores should submit passing grades via an official college transcript in the areas of English and Math with grades of “C” or higher.  If grades are not submitted, taking a placement test is required. 

Evening and Weekend and Online students who have taken a placement test at another university will need to submit those scores on an official transcript.  If no scores are submitted, taking a placement test is required.

Upon successful completion of the preparatory program, the student may enroll in regular course work. Institutional credit is awarded for successful completion of preparatory courses. However, this credit does not count toward the total hours required in the student’s program for graduation. Refer to the section on Academic Policies and Procedures for additional information regarding preparatory courses.

A Bible Entrance Examination is required of all students seeking a religion major. The examination is administered during orientation week.