Southeastern Louisiana University is a public, coeducational institution located in Hammond, Louisiana and is the third-largest university in the state. Founded in 1925, the University began as a “grass-roots movement” by residents of Hammond and the surrounding area. Originally called the Hammond Junior College, the two-year co-educational institution taught students in the subjects of the arts and sciences, which culminated in a teaching certificate. In 1928 the school became the Southeastern Louisiana College and was formally adopted into the Louisiana state education system; nearly ten years later in 1937 the College was authorized to offer four-year programs and conferred its first baccalaureate degrees in 1939. By 1960 the college was again authorized to expand and began including master’s programs in its degree offerings. In 1970 the College achieved university status and adopted current name.
Academic ProgramsSoutheastern Louisiana University’s mission is “to lead the educational, economic and cultural development of southeast Louisiana.” The University offers more than 60 degree programs (two of which are offered entirely online), including more than 40 undergraduate majors, nearly 20 master’s degrees and a couple of doctoral degrees.
Southeastern Louisiana University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University consists of several colleges and nearly twenty departments. These include the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which encompasses the Departments of English, Fine and Performing Arts, History and Political Sciences, Languages and Communication, Psychology, and Sociology and Criminal Justice; the College of Business which includes the Departments of Accounting and Finance, Management and Business Administration, and Marketing and Supply Chain Management; the College of Education which oversees the Departments of Educational Leadership and Technology and of Teaching and Learning; the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which consists of the Departments of Health and Human Sciences and Kinesiology and Health Studies as well as the School of Nursing; and the College of Science and Technology which includes the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and Mathematics.
Student LifeSoutheastern Louisiana University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including well over 13,500 undergraduate students. More than 30% of students come from minority backgrounds and the male to female ratio of the student body is approximately 60% to 40%, respectively. On-campus student housing is available through the University’s dozen residence halls and more than 2,000 students choose to live on campus. Southeastern Louisiana University’s grounds cover 363 contiguous acres and thanks to a new policy which prohibits the use of any and all tobacco products, is a tobacco free campus.
Southeastern Louisiana University recognizes nearly 100 active student-run clubs and organizations, including nearly two dozen Greek Letter fraternities and sororities. These and other campus events and activities provide students with opportunities to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and allow them to develop valuable leadership skills and qualities. A member of the NCAA Division I-AA, Southeastern Louisiana University’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Southland Conference.