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Students encouraged to apply now for 2008 spring -- and summer, fall -- semesters

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – It is not too late for students to apply for admission to Southeastern Louisiana University for the spring 2008 semester – and it is not too early for high school seniors to sign up for the following summer and fall.

     New and transfer students have until Dec. 15 to apply in time for the spring semester, which gets underway with final registration Jan. 14-17 and the first day of classes on Jan. 22. Meanwhile, they can save $50 on admission fees if they apply by Dec. 1, the early application deadline.

     Stephen Soutullo, assistant vice president for enrollment management, said qualified students transferring to Southeastern will also save on tuition, thanks to the university’s new transfer scholarship program. The new scholarships will automatically be granted to transfer students who meet certain benchmarks based on ACT scores and grade point averages.                       

     Qualified students transferring with 12 or more hours will be awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000-$2,000, while those with less than 12 hours and at least a 3.0 grade point average can receive from $1,000 to $3,500 per year. Many of the scholarships include campus housing supplements and, for the more highly qualified student, meal plans as well.

     Students’ application for admission doubles as their scholarship application, Soutullo said.

     “Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, whether it is for our next semester in January or for summer and fall 2008,” he said.

     He pointed out that students who apply early receive an earlier admissions decision from the university, pay less in application fees, and, in the case of new or transfer freshmen, receive priority invitations to special university programs.

     “If you are a Class of 2008 high school senior, we encourage you to apply for the fall 2008 semester between now and March 15. The final deadline for fall is Aug. 1, but applying early has so many advantages,” Soutullo said. “You’ll be invited to participate in our first Summer Orientation Program, or, if you have an ACT score of at least 24 and a 3.0 or higher GPA, to our Scholars Showcase in February.”

     Summer Orientation, required for all beginning freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 hours, introduces students to the university and college life through information sessions and fun activities. During the two-day program, students also register for fall classes. Five sessions are held in June and July.

     “If you are in the first SOP, you can get a jump on college and first pick when it comes to class selection,” Soutullo said.

     The Scholars Showcase, he said, is special evening for parents and high school seniors designed to honor outstanding students who are considering attending Southeastern.

     Soutullo said prospective students will find step-by-step instructions for applying for admission online at Students are also welcome to schedule campus tours through the Web site or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 1-800-222-7358 or

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