Southeastern Louisiana University

Southeastern Louisiana University Student Enrollment Information

Located in Hammond, LA, Southeastern Louisiana University is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is Southeastern Louisiana University the School for You?

Southeastern Louisiana University is located 50 miles from New Orleans and 40 miles from Baton Rouge. This 4-year school offers roughly 65 academic programs within five colleges at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Read the pros and cons below to find out if you might want to attend Southeastern Louisiana University.

Pros

  • Total in-state cost is $5,232 lower than the national average at 4-year, public schools
  • Total out-of-state cost is $7,424 lower than the national average at similar schools
  • Room and board cost is $1,819 lower than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $6,556 lower than the national average
  • Accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credits

Cons

  • Acceptance rate is 17.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Graduation rate is 29 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is eight higher than the national average for similar schools

Southeastern Louisiana University at a Glance

Southeastern Louisiana University is a medium-sized school, with an enrollment of 14,061 undergraduates and 1,342 graduate students in 2011, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The agency also reported that this school accepted 46% of applicants in 2012, lower than the national average acceptance rate of 63.8% in 2011. Most students who began their freshman year in 2010 stayed at Southeastern Louisiana for their sophomore year - according to the NCES, 69% of full-time students returned and 60% of part-time students returned. While U.S. News and World Report reviewed this school as part of its Regional Universities (South) category in 2013, the school's rank was unpublished, meaning it did not perform well when compared with similar schools in the region.

As a Southeastern Louisiana University student, you'll be able to choose from a single associate's degree program, roughly 40 bachelor's degree programs, and about 20 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. The school's student-faculty ratio is 23:1 per the NCES, well above the national average of 15:1, so some of your classes might be relatively large. However, the school itself reported that faculty members, not graduate students, taught 99% of classes. In addition to this school being harder than average to get into, it's harder to graduate from; the NCES reported that only 11% of full-time attendees who enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in 2005 graduated in four years, much lower than the national average 4-year graduation rate of 40%; the graduation rate increased to 33% for a 6-year period. The school reports that you can pursue honors study regardless of your chosen major. You might also be able to earn college credit for any AP exams or dual credit courses you've completed.

The total estimated cost of attendance for Louisiana residents - tuition and fees plus room and board - was $12,628 for the 2012-2013 academic year according to the NCES; this is slightly lower than the national average of $17,860 for public, 4-year schools, per College Board. The NCES stated that out-of-state students paid total costs of $23,587 that same year, below the $30,911 national average reported by College Board. Room and board costs at this school were $7,386 in 2012-2013, according to the NCES, less than the national average of $9,205 reported by College Board for similar schools. Your room and board costs can vary based on the type of housing and meal plan you choose.

College Board notes that Southeastern University students graduated with an average of $19,661 in education debt, compared with the national average of $26,660 per the Project on Student Debt. The school's student loan default rate was 10.6% in fiscal 2009 according to the NCES, a little less than the national average of 13.4% reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Southeastern Louisiana University

To apply, you'll need to submit the school's application form, your high school transcript, and your ACT scores. Louisiana high school grads need to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 plus either a core GPA of 2.0 or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher. Out-of-state high school grads need to have the same qualifications as in-state applicants or an ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Students who don't meet these requirements may still be admitted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the school's admissions office.

The regular application fee is $20; there's an additional $50 late fee if you submit your application after certain dates. The NCES reports that 75% of accepted students chose to attend the university in fall 2012. Roughly 99% of students entering in fall 2012 submitted ACT scores, and the middle 50% of composite ACT scores were between 19 and 24. Test scores are due at the university by August 1.

If you need help paying for school, you may apply for financial aid by May 1 to get priority consideration. The NCES reported that 92% of first-year undergraduates who enrolled in fall 2012 received some type of aid. Financial aid options may include scholarships, student employment, out-of-state fee waivers, state aid, and federal aid. If you are entering a graduate program, you may be eligible for one of several different kinds of assistantships (administrative, research or teaching) that may cover your tuition and provide a small stipend. The NCES reported that among undergraduates who received grant or scholarship aid in 2012-2013, the average amount received was $5,515.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2014-2015) August 1***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2014-2015) May 1 (priority)***
Application Fee (2012) $20***
Acceptance Rate (2012) 46%*
Tuition, Fees, & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $12,628 (in-state); $23,487 (out-of-state)*
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (No date given) $8,195***
% of Students with Need Met (No date given) 32%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (No date given) $19,661***
Student Loan Default Rate (fiscal 2009) 10.6%*

Living at Southeastern Louisiana University

The NCES reported that in 2011, the largest racial/ethnic groups among undergraduate students were white (75%), black or African-American (15%), and Hispanic or Latino (3%); also, more than three-quarters of the student body was age 24 or younger. Campus housing includes residence hall and apartment-style living. You can choose among housing based on gender, student organization (such as a Greek chapter), or academic area of study.

If you want to get involved in extracurricular activities, Southeastern Louisiana University offers more than 100 student organizations and more than 20 Greek fraternities and sororities. Notable school facilities include a maritime museum, an art gallery, and centers for environmental and social science research.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city
Student Population (2011) 14,061 undergraduates, 1,342 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 40% to 60%*
% of Full-time Students (2011) 76%*
% of In-state Students (2010) 96%*
% of International Students (2010) 2%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 69% (full-time); 60% (part-time)*
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 18%***
Number of Libraries One**
Extracurricular Activities 100+ organizations**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Southeastern Louisiana University, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Southeastern Louisiana University, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402
  • Phone: (985) 549-5637