How to Apply

Now that you’ve made the decision to continue your education with an online degree from Southeastern University, the admissions process may seem a little intimidating. As a working adult who is balancing a busy schedule of work and family commitments, you know that pursuing a college degree is a major commitment in terms of both time and money. That’s why we’ve streamlined the admissions process for students who want to earn their degree online.

SEU Online makes the application process easy. The online application guides you through each step and allows you to save your progress and come back to finish later. We also offer discounts and financial aid resources for our online students so that you can earn your degree on your budget. As a Christ-centered institution of higher learning, we are committed to equipping you with the quality education you need to be successful in the modern workforce.

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

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 students, as well as weekend and online students who have 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.

General Information for Applying

The application deadline for incoming students is May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 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 1 for fall applicants and November 15 for spring applicants. Direct application requests to the admission office.

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. To return, re-applicants must be in good standing and receive approval from the offices of admission, student financial services, registrar, business, student development, and academic advising. 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 their suspension period. Students in the latter category must write and submit an appeals 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.

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 540–543 paper-based, computer-based score of 207, or 76 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 college credit from universities outside the U.S. must have their transcripts independently evaluated. 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 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.

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.

FAFSA and Financial Aid

In order to be considered for any financial assistance, all Southeastern students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Southeastern’s FAFSA code is #001521. Upon acceptance to SEU, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to complete the student information sheet (SIS) online.

Detailed financial aid information can be found on our financial aid page here[TH1] . Southeastern University scholarships and grants are not available to students enrolled in The Forum, Evening/Weekend/Online, The Academy, or any other already-discounted SEU degree program. For any questions, call (800) 500-8760 or email

Loan Repayment Plan

Southeastern partners with Tuition Management Systems to offer a payment plan for school expenses and 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; there is a $65 annual fee to enroll. For more details about payment plans visit or call (800) 722-4867.