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Southeastern University

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LAKELAND | Southeastern University is a faith-based school in Lakeland with about 2,867 undergraduate students.

About 70 percent of Southeastern's students live on its palm-lined campus. "From the university's inception in 1935 as a Bible institute to train pastors and missionaries, Southeastern has rested on a solid foundation of vision and faith," its website,, says. "That foundation has held firmly as Southeastern has evolved and relocated through the years, gradually expanding its mission and degree offerings."

In the 1970s, the school's leaders adopted a liberal arts curriculum. Students are counseled to seek employment in fields they are passionate about, where they can serve others. Community service is a large part of the school's culture. In a recent academic year, some 33,000 service hours were logged by students.

Programs of study at Southeastern include religion, behavioral and social sciences, education, languages, communication arts, music, natural sciences and mathematics, and business. In addition, SEU offers many opportunities for voluntary service ministry, locally and abroad. Chapel services, a music program, clubs and associations, and sports programs are also offered.

Southeastern is growing. In late 2013, the school celebrated a new building and football field. School leaders also welcomed a $10 million gift. The endowment marked the largest personal gift in the school's 78-year history.

Phone: 863-667-5000


Mission statement: "Equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through spirit-empowered life, learning, and leadership."

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