Another Record-Breaking Year for SEU
Southeastern University is celebrating another record-breaking year of enrollment. Students moved back onto campus a day earlier than usual over the weekend, just in time for the first home football game of the year. The academic year will start on Wednesday, August 29.
The university anticipates a total enrollment of close to 8,000 students.
“We have been intentional in creating and providing higher education opportunities that are affordable, accessible and experiential,” said Kent Ingle, Southeastern University president.
When Ingle came to Southeastern in 2011, the university’s enrollment was 2,546. Since that time, enrollment has steadily risen as the university has introduced new curricular and co-curricular programs as well as expanded its facilities.
“In addition to providing an excellent education for our traditional students,” Ingle explained, “we have also increased our focus on unrestricted education offering educational opportunities for students online and at regional campuses and extension sites nationwide.”
Since 2012, the university has launched 112 extension sites across the nation. The sites are located in 32 states across the United States, including Florida, which has 23 sites. The programs offered at the sites include a variety of associate and bachelor degrees, and a master’s degree in ministry and leadership.
Southeastern introduced its first international partnership this fall in East Africa, through The Christian Hall at Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda. This local church-based partnership will provide online degree programs in business and leadership for East Africa.
The university has also been developing its experiential learning opportunities. Before the semester began, 20 incoming students earned class credit through a study abroad trip to Costa Rica. The SEU study abroad program will also offer more than 38 opportunities throughout the 2018–2019 year in more than 20 different countries outside of the U.S.
In addition to incoming freshmen, Southeastern will welcome the first class of SEU Link, a program designed to assist students with mild intellectual disabilities in making the transition from high school to adulthood. Students can live on campus, attend university events and take classes with other SEU students.
More than 450 students will be involved in athletic teams at Southeastern for the next academic year. Track and Field will start its inaugural competitive season. Football returned to the field as the three-time conference champions on Saturday, August 25, with the team being named the MSC Sun Division preseason favorite.
During the summer, Southeastern started construction on a Welcome Center and an eight-lane NCAA track, and renovated the student cafe, Mi Casa, which houses Chick-fil-A Express.
Here’s to another wonderful year!