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Southeastern University

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11


learning community purpose your future

College is about exploring and answering some of life’s toughest questions. It’s about choosing careers, building lifelong relationships, and discovering God’s purpose for us through our family, our job, our ministry, and every other area of our life. Ultimately, all those concerns center on one big question: Who will I become? It’s a question that, once answered, sets the tone for the rest of our lives. Southeastern University exists to help students become the people God made them to be and to equip them for a lifetime of world-changing service wherever they live and whatever they do. At SEU, you will find answers.

So, who will you become?

Build Your Foundation With 44 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs, Southeastern offers you the chance to prepare for a lifetime of service in almost any career. In addition to solid teaching and rigorous curriculum, you’ll also receive relevant training. Want to become a teacher? You’ll be placed in a local school to see what it’s really like. Interested in communications? Between our own TV studio, radio station, or student publications, you have many ways to get your feet wet. Want to work in ministry? You will get an internship at a church for class credit. Whatever your field, we’ll help you get the practical experience you need to go with your degree in order to get that great first job you’ve always wanted!

Degree Programs


College of Arts & Sciences Biology Broadcasting Church Music Communication English English & Intercultural Studies Film Studies Journalism/Public Relations Mathematics Music Music Business Music Performance (Instrumental, Piano, Voice) Pre-Medicine/Biology Theatre College of Behavioral & Social Sciences Human Services Psychology Social Work

College of Business & Legal Studies Accounting Business & Professional Leadership Criminal Justice Finance History International Business Organizational Leadership Management Management Information Systems Marketing College of Christian Ministries & Religion Church Ministries Missional Ministries Practical Theology Religion & Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Education Elementary Education (K–6) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Music Education Secondary Education (Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Science) Sports Management

Online Programs B.S. Business & Professional Leadership B.S. Criminal Justice B.S. Elementary Education B.S. Human Services B.S. Organizational Leadership B.S. Practical Theology

Other Programs Army ROTC The Academy Teacher Certification

Graduate Programs M.A. Human Services M.A. Ministerial Leadership M.A. Theological Studies M.B.A. Business Administration M.Ed. Educational Leadership M.Ed. Elementary Education M.Ed. Exceptional Student Education (4+1) M.Ed. Teaching & Learning M.Ed. Arts & Academic Interdisciplinary Education M.S. Professional Counseling M.S. School Counseling

Evening & Weekend Programs B.S. Elementary Education B.S. Human Services B.S. Organizational Leadership B.S. Practical Theology

Transforming Minds. Engaging Culture.

Faith & Higher Learning College is one of the most defining and transformational periods in a student’s life. A person’s worldview is shaped in countless ways by their experiences during these few years, especially in the classroom. At SEU, we strive to strengthen our students’ faith through learning, rather than leaving them questioning their beliefs as many students do at secular universities. Our professors pray with students, share their real-world experiences and show students how to apply their faith to the principles and situations they are studying. You will learn how to serve Christ and others in your profession and live a life of purpose.

First Year Experience Your first taste of faith integration will come through SEU’s First Year Experience. This program is designed specifically for first-year students to help them get plugged into campus life. The centerpiece of FYE is SEU 101, our 8-week course focused on the transition into the Southeastern University community. You’ll meet with our president, participate in a devotional group, and share other experiences with your fellow first-year students. FYE is committed to helping new students make the most of their first year at SEU.

Dr. Marleen Milner Professor of Social Work Dr. Milner’s experience in the field of social work showed her how hard it can be for Christians to successfully balance their faith and their career. It also showed her how critical it is for Christians to be plugged into society and ready to influence the culture. She was so confident in Southeastern’s


ability to prepare students for their careers, that she encouraged her daughter to attend SEU. Dr. Milner enjoys Southeastern’s small class sizes that allow her to get to know students on a personal level, so that she can best help them to combine their faith with their calling.

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College of Business & Legal Studies In the midst of high unemployment, a lack of trust in financial institutions, and stricter government regulations, there is a greater need than ever for innovative business leaders with a strong moral and ethical foundation. Businesspeople with a Biblical worldview have an advantage when it comes to making moral decisions at work. Christian principles are the core strength of our courses, from marketing to accounting and economics to corporate finance. Our professors equip students to become ethical, skillful, and internationally astute


leaders—whether they pursue careers in business, government, higher education, or non-profits.

Accelerated MBA Beginning in 2012, Southeastern University offers recent college graduates the opportunity to earn their MBA in 10 months through a residential program that includes content from Disney Institute, The National Leadership Forum, and a one-week global service learning experience.

The Forum

Honors Program

Since 2007, The National Leadership Forum has brought together some of the world’s top leadership and business experts on Southeastern’s campus. Under the conviction that servant leaders are world-changers, The Forum seeks to instill principles of servant leadership in its participants. Southeastern University students can experience The Forum by taking it as a class, paying to attend as a regular conference-goer, or volunteering for the event. Past speakers have included President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Jeb Bush, Tony Dungy, Kurt Warner, Franklin Graham, Robert Gates, and Tim Tebow. The 2013 Forum will take place March 7–8.

Are you a top student? You could earn $48,000 in honors scholarships! The Honors Program consists of 21–27 hours of advanced study developed specifically for incoming freshmen who have a demonstrated record of academic success. Program participants must be full-time students (taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester) and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 while at Southeastern. You will earn $6,000 per semester for four years as part of the program. Benefits: Incoming freshman cohorts receive an annual Honors Scholarship of $3,000, allocated at $1,500 per semester and renewable each year students are in the program. Invitation Requirements: ≥1960 SAT, ≥ 30 ACT, ≥ 3.8 GPA Application Requirements: 1800–1959 SAT, 27–29 ACT, ≥ 3.8 GPA Deadline: February 1

College of Behavioral & Social Sciences In all areas of study at Southeastern, the theme of servant leadership is taught. But in the areas of psychology, counseling, social work and human services, which make up the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, service to others is the primary focus. Our professors have spent countless hours working as professionals in their respective fields, and they strive to show students how to effectively serve people in secular and church settings. Southeastern also gives you the chance to have an internship at local clinics or social work organizations for real-world experience. Upon graduation, our students are prepared to be the light in the darkness for others and to be a model of servant leadership in their profession.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.� ~ Philippians 2:4


College of Arts & Sciences Whether you want to direct films, perform on Broadway, write for a national magazine, cure cancer, or become an English professor, your experience in one of our Arts & Sciences programs will be defined by hands-on training. Students display their artistic talents during our annual 180 Film Festival or numerous fine arts performances. They also learn medical skills in our labs or gain practical experience through media internships. No matter your goals and dreams, our faculty will help you follow your calling.

Great First Job Read how SEU alum Kristen Ledlow, now with Fox Sports, landed her first job out of college as a morning show host in Tallahassee, Florida.

College of Christian Ministries & Religion Southeastern has been training and commissioning pastors, missionaries, and other church workers since we were founded in 1935, and you could be the latest to join in that long tradition of service and church leadership. Graduates credit our dedicated faculty for equipping them for ministry, and our partnerships with numerous local churches allow students to earn practical experience that will benefit their careers.

Jerusalem See the Bible Come Alive Our Jerusalem Studies program allows you to walk where Jesus walked, studying Biblical history and Middle Eastern culture in Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land. The program is open to all Southeastern students and allows Christian Ministries and Religion majors the chance to earn 15 hours of credit toward their degree during the semester, which includes five weeks of field study and nine hours of class credit in the Holy Land. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the most significant sites in the Bible!

College of Education More than ever, the world needs Godly teachers willing to teach children the knowledge and skills they’ll need to flourish in the classrooms of today and the workplaces of tomorrow. At SEU, you’ll gain the tools you need to push students toward reaching their God-given potential, including spending time in a local classroom to polish your abilities. The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has recognized an SEU education major


as one of the top future educators in the state for the past six years, and it’s our goal to continue producing some of the best teachers in Florida.

ESE Plus-One Program Southeastern’s new ESE degree program offers students the chance to earn their undergraduate and master’s degrees in only five years in a field that is in desperate need of qualified educators. Contact the Office of Admission for details.

Lakeland Fast Facts Population: 97,422 Average high temperature (°F): January (74), June (94) Things To Do: Around Lakeland: Legoland Florida, Detroit Tigers spring training, Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Museum, Fantasy of Flight, Lakeside Village, The Lakeland Center, year-round outdoor activities. Around Central Florida: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL), beaches, shopping and entertainment venues in Tampa and Orlando. Transportation: Lakeland is situated directly on Interstate 4 for convenient access by car. International airports in Tampa and Orlando are each within an hour’s drive, and there are shuttle services available to Lakeland. There are also train and bus stations in the city.

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Location. Location. Location. Our beautiful, modern campus is located in sunny Lakeland, Florida, within 30 minutes of Tampa and gulf beaches, as well as the Disney area of Orlando. The campus has everything you need along with some extras, including a relaxing pool, gym, recreation center, hammocks, and a full-size sand volleyball court! Approximately 1,500 students reside on campus in eight residence halls that include two- and four-room suites. Each residence hall is staffed with a full-time, professional area coordinator, resident assistants and community leaders. It’s our goal to make you feel right at home at Southeastern!



A Place for Everyone. Southeastern’s sense of community sets us apart from other universities. With an enrollment around 2,500, SEU is big enough to give students a complete college experience without making them feel like just a number. Events such as Homecoming, Battle of the Dorms and Welcome Week bring the entire campus together, and ongoing activities like intramurals and clubs allow everyone to find their niché. At SEU, you will develop deep relationships with other students, faculty and staff that will last a lifetime.

Among SEU’s active groups and activities are: Student Body Leadership Council (SBLC) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) The Southeastern Times RAW TV WSEU radio Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Intramurals

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.� ~ Matthew 18:20

Spiritual Formation As a university, Southeastern is committed to preparing students in the classroom for their careers. As a Christian institution, we are just as committed to preparing students spiritually for all areas of their lives. Students experience Christ and see their faith grow through engaging chapel services, inspiring worship, mentoring relationships with faculty and staff, and our campus-wide devotional guide, the “Life Journal.” It’s our goal to make sure you leave


SEU a stronger follower of Christ than when you arrived. Destinations: Southeastern believes in fulfilling the Great Commission, and our global outreach team provides students with multiple chances to share the Gospel around the world each year. In the past year alone, more than 30 missions teams have traveled to countries such as Uganda, Zambia, Haiti, Japan, Romania, and many more nations to serve people in need and share the love of Christ. Do you have your passport ready?

Kaitlyn Staten Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Kaitlyn, a sophomore, had not settled on a college just two weeks before the start of her freshman year. Having suffered severe injuries in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down, she wanted to find a school near her rehab center in Orlando. She was visiting Lakeland with her dad looking for a


different university when they came across Southeastern, and the rest is history. The compact size of SEU’s campus makes it easy for her to get around, and she says the caring Christian community has helped her mature in her faith and build lifelong friends.

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Isaiah Board Hometown: Lorain, Ohio When Isaiah, a senior, and his family visited Southeastern and he spent the night in a residence hall during a visit event, it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with SEU. Isaiah says he felt at home the moment he set foot on campus, and attending a small university fits his personality as a “people person.” Isaiah has known for years that he wants to be a pastor, and Southeastern’s dynamic and experienced faculty has given him the tools he needs to succeed in ministry. “I love that I feel at home while I’m in college.”

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Southeastern University has a proud and accomplished athletic history. After building one of the top NCCAA athletic programs in the country, we moved to The Sun Conference of the NAIA in 2009 and have continued to develop a championship-caliber


department. In 2012, four new sports will begin competition: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s tennis, and softball. SEU is also considering adding a football program in the near future. The best years of Fire athletics are still to come!

Varsity Sports Baseball Basketball (men & women) Cheerleading (men & women) Cross Country (men & women) Men’s golf Soccer (men & women) Tennis (men & women) n



Our Fire athletic department has won 13 national championships and annually places athletes on the NCCAA or NAIA All-American teams.

Women’s softball Women’s volleyball

SEU’s men’s basketball team was ranked in the top 25 nationally in the NAIA during the 2011–2012 season. Athletic scholarships are available to qualified athletes. Contact the athletic department for more information on recruiting and tryouts.


Stephanie Dodd Hometown: Inverness, Florida Stephanie, a sophomore, wasn’t sure she was going to play sports in college. But a recruiting push brought her to Southeastern after she had considered other public and private universities. Stephanie sees a difference in the athletics department at Southeastern compared to other schools, which sometimes forsake sportsmanship in the name of winning. She and


her tennis teammates embrace that mentality, and Southeastern’s coaches also make it a priority to get to know their players and help them grow spiritually, academically and, of course, athletically. “There’s really a focus on the athlete being the best you can be in the sport…(while) also being the best you can be for Christ.”

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SEU Fast Facts



2,546 students 56% female, 44% male 67% from Florida Foreign countries represented:

38 Average GPA:



Average SAT:

1480 Average ACT:

21 Student/faculty ratio:

19:1 Contact: call 800.500.8760 online

or 863.667.5018 fax 863.667.5200


What does it mean that SEU is associated with the Assemblies of God? Southeastern was founded as an Assemblies of God Bible institute in 1935 and has remained a key contributor to the denomination ever since. However, more than half of our student body comes from other denominations. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will fit right in here at Southeastern. Do I have to be a Christian to attend Southeastern? Yes, as a Christ-centered university, Southeastern requires that all students, faculty and staff have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The university also expects all members of its community to uphold a lifestyle consistent with scripture, with the understanding that we all are sinners saved by grace. Is SEU an accredited university? We are! Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on

Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University. n


What are the minimum requirements for admission? Southeastern doesn’t limit a student’s admission just based on a test score or a GPA. We consider your Christian character, personal recommendations, as well as your readiness to succeed, which includes test scores and high school performance. For more specifics on the admission process, call 800.500.8760. What are SEU’s most popular majors? Our top-five majors with the largest enrollment in 2011 were Practical Theology, Elementary Education, Human Services, Psychology, and Business.

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SEU One Day september 13, 2012 october 12, 2012 january 18, 2013 february 11, 2013 april 12, 2013

SEU Preview Days november 1–2, 2012 february 7–8, 2013 march 21–22, 2013

SEU Performing Arts october 12–13, 2012 march 21–22, 2013

SEU Film Festival march 15–16, 2013

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