Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding our university, ranging from what it takes to be accepted to financial aid options to general campus life topics. We want to provide you with the most information possible about SEU to help you make an informed college choice. We’re confident that you’ll find the answers you’re looking for here, but in case you don’t, you can call 800.500.8760 and we’ll will be more than happy to track down what you need.

General

You are welcome to bring a car to SEU, even as a freshmen, but if you choose not to, you can use Lakeland’s public bus system for free. We have a bus stop right in front of campus, and students can ride around Lakeland by simply showing their school ID card.

Yes, one of the requirements for admission to Southeastern as an undergraduate student is that you claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We understand that all Christians are at different points in their walk with Christ, but all our students should have made a commitment to follow Christ before attending SEU.

Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University.

Southeastern’s housing policy states that single students who are 21 years of age and younger must live on campus unless they are living with immediate family members or close relatives who are 22 years of age or older. It is the policy of the university to provide on-campus housing for undergraduate students under the age of 24. The university is unable to provide housing for students who are age 24 or older, married or have children; however, exceptions for age are considered through an appeal process.

Yes, we do require students to attend a certain number of chapel services each semester. However, there are more than five chapel services each week, in addition to the 10 Connect group meetings each semester that count toward your chapel requirement. Our president has also been known to hand out multiple chapel credits at some chapels when he is speaking, so you won’t want to miss those!

You can access the Student Information System through the “Current Students” link on the top of the SEU.edu website. Once you get to the login screen for SIS, you’ll need to enter your username and password. Typically, your username is your school ID number, and your password is the last four digits of your social security number. If you have specific issues, contact the IT Help Desk at 863.667.5028.

Yes, Southeastern has been affiliated with the Assemblies of God since our founding. However, we welcome students from many different denominational backgrounds including Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, non-denominational and many others. In fact, the majority of our students are from backgrounds other than the Assemblies of God. The community at SEU shares a strong commitment to Christ and making Him known, and we celebrate our theological similarities while also appreciating our differences and learning from each other.

Lakeland has plenty of great churches for students from any Christian background. There are large churches, multisite churches and also lots of small community churches where students can get plugged in and serve. We encourage students to attend a local church.

All students may request to live in any residence hall and with any specific student. If a vacancy is not available in the requested residence hall at the time of assignment, you will be given a building and roommate assignment in the next available preference listed on your housing application. The campus housing application on the enrollment confirmation form has a location to request a specific roommate. His or her full name must be included. If the person you request to room with is also a new student, he or she must include your name on his or her form in order for your request to be fulfilled. Enrollment confirmation forms for all requested roommates must be received by the June 1, 2013, deadline for consideration.

We love this question because there are so many great answers. Lakeland has lots to offer from parks and recreation to shopping to community events and more. We’re also within 45 minutes of theme parks such as Disney, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Legoland, etc., as well as beaches in the Tampa Bay area. Our students love the small-town feel of Lakeland, while still being so close to the great entertainment activities that central Florida has to offer in Tampa and Orlando.

Admission

Southeastern considers many aspects of a student’s academic and personal background when deciding admission status. We require a GPA of at least 2.0, but students who have a lower GPA can submit a special appeal to be considered for admission. Academic scholarships reward higher GPAs, and the average student at SEU has a GPA above 3.0. For the SAT and ACT, we evaluate the scores to ensure college readiness of the student. In addition to academics, we evaluate your character through a reference form, your fit with the university mission through your essay, and your desire to grow and learn. No applicant will be denied admission to Southeastern University on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality or ethnic origin. Southeastern does not discriminate against individuals with physical or mental disabilities who are otherwise eligible for admission to the university.

Our undergraduate priority deadline is May 1, and the deadline to receive a refund for your enrollment deposit is June 1. Contact your admission counselor if you feel you might miss the deadline and need an extension.

This $200 deposit is required of all accepted students who plan to attend Southeastern University. It guarantees that your class schedule will be completed and that your on-campus housing will be reserved. The deadline for the enrollment confirmation fee is June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester, and it will be reflected as a credit on your student account.

We typically will have a decision on your application within two weeks after all your materials have been submitted. Sometimes the volume of applications means it will take longer, and sometimes it will go much more quickly. If you have any questions or need updates during the process, feel free to contact your admission counselor.

We prefer to receive most application materials electronically, either through the online application or as attachments in an email. If you need to mail or fax materials, you can do so to Southeastern University, Attn: Office of Admission, 1000 Longfellow Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33801. Our fax number is 863.667.5200, but make sure you add a cover page with “Attention Office of Admission.”

You are considered a transfer student if you have taken 12 or more college credit hours after high school graduation. We still require high school transcripts. Credits with the grade of “C” or higher, earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, are transferred on an unconditional basis, with the exception of developmental, vocational, technical or occupational courses. Once admitted to SEU, a student can request a transcript audit in order to know what his or her courses are substituting for. Students who wish to transfer credits from a non-regionally accredited school may petition the Office of the Registrar for an exception to the policy by requesting their credits be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. 

All degree programs at SEU include a religion minor in the four-year course plan. Southeastern offers a sliding scale for the core religion courses for transfer students who are entering Southeastern with 47 or more college credits in order to avoid adding additional time to a transfer’s degree program, if possible. There is a different sliding scale for religion majors.

The first step in the admission process is to complete your application using our convenient online application. Once you have completed the application, you will be provided with more steps to your program needed for acceptance specific, such as letters of recommendation or test scores, essays, etc. Your admission counselor can answer specific questions regarding your admission status and any incomplete steps.

We pride ourselves in being an exceptional college choice for homeschooled students, and part of our commitment to serving homeschooled families comes through the admission process. Since many homeschoolers do not study under the umbrella of a local school district or a homeschooling agency, Southeastern permits you to create a transcript of your high school course work. Transcripts should include all courses taken in grades nine through 12, as well as final grades and final cumulative GPA.

We offer support services for students who require remedial academic courses during their first year, including our Early Start Summer Bridge program. For more details about our academic support options, click here.

Cost is an important consideration when choosing a college, and SEU is proud to be one of the most affordable universities within the national Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. More than 97% of our students receive financial aid, and our tuition ranks among the least expensive of more than 100 CCCU schools. For a breakdown of our tuition and fees, click here. We also encourage you to review information related to the “Price vs. Cost” of attending a Christian school as opposed to a state university or community college. We firmly believe that the costs of not attending a Christian university outweigh the price associated with attendance.

To apply for scholarships and request an audition, new students click here and current students click here. Click here for the audition requirements. (Students — including non-music majors­ — who would like to play in a music ensemble or are seeking a music scholarship must also audition.) After you have applied for the scholarship, sign up to attend a Performing Arts Days or our Jazz Clinics. Registration costs $20–$30, depending on when you register. The Department of Music conducts auditions during these two visit events. Call Southeastern’s Department of Music at 863.667.5144 if you have questions about becoming a music major at Southeastern.

Financial Aid

Southeastern University offers numerous scholarships and grants to incoming students, in addition to grants and loans available from state and federal governments. Scholarships include those based on academic merit as well as on performance ability in areas such as the fine arts and athletics. We also have special programs available for ministry leaders and their families, both within the Assemblies of God and other denominations. To see a complete list of the scholarship, grant and loan programs available at SEU, click here.

Our code for FAFSA purposes is 001521.

Students must log in to Net Partner to check their status and complete their financial aid award process. You can access the site by clicking on “Admission” and then “Financial Aid.” Then, click on the button labeled “Check Your Status.” If it’s your first time logging in, you’ll need to choose “First Time User” and use your student ID to set up your PIN. Otherwise, use your PIN to sign in and explore your financial aid information.

This form, which is required for all Southeastern students EACH YEAR, is found in Net Partner under the link “Apply Online” once you have logged in. Completing the Student Information Sheet determines your eligibility for many financial aid awards.

Southeastern partners with Tuition Management Systems to offer a payment plan for school expenses in a given year that can be spread over 10 months, depending on the first date of payment. The plans do not charge interest, only a $65 annual fee to enroll. For more details about payment plans, visit https://seu.afford.com/ or call 800.722.4867.

Housing

A room will be reserved when the $200 enrollment confirmation deposit is paid to the Office of Admission and all housing forms (campus housing application, on the front of the enrollment confirmation form) have been returned to the admission office and then forwarded to the student housing office. At this time, roommate and building assignments are made as a reasonably compatible match is found.

Yes, the campus housing application on the enrollment conformation form has a location to request a specific roommate. His or her full name must be included. If the person you request to room with is also a new student, he or she must include your name on his or her form in order for your request to be fulfilled. Enrollment confirmation forms for all requested roommates must be received by the June 1, 2013, deadline for consideration.

All residence hall mattresses are 80″ in length.

New students and their assigned roommates are assigned a specific room upon arrival. On opening day, new residents are to proceed to their assigned residence hall for check-in.

All students may request to live in any residence hall. If a vacancy is not available in the requested residence hall at the time of assignment, you will be given a building and roommate assignment in the next available preference listed on your housing application.

You should bring linens, blankets, a bedspread, a pillow, towels, washcloths, toiletries, clothes, hangers, a laundry bag, an umbrella, a flashlight, school supplies and other personal items, which will help to make your stay here more comfortable.

Small appliances such as stereos, televisions, microwaves, mini-refrigerators, computers, vacuum cleaners, clothes irons, oscillating fans, etc., are allowed. Cooking appliances with open burners are not allowed in the dorm rooms, such as toaster ovens and Foreman grills.

Pets, room modifications (nails, paint, wallpaper, masking tape/double-sided tape, etc.), items with open flames (candles, incense, etc.), halogen lamps, fireworks, firearms or other weapons, couches, recliners, entertainment centers and other large items of furniture (due to limited space) are not permitted in residence halls. All wooden products not in their original boxes are permitted only after inspection for insects by residence hall staff.

Due to space limitations, please note the following:

  • Refrigerators must be 4 cubic feet or less (approximately 20″ x 20″ footprint)
  • Beanbag/satellite chairs must be less than 36″ in diameter and are limited to one per room (not permitted in Bethany and Bauer Halls due to lack of floor space)

Each room includes beds, desks, chairs, closet space and dressers appropriate for the number of students assigned to that room. Miniblinds are provided in all housing areas.