Developmental Courses Defined

    • Students earning an ACT Math component score of 18 or below will need developmental Math.
    • Students earning an ACT English component score of 17 or below will need developmental English.


Developmental Course Completion Requirement

A student required to enroll in a developmental Math or English course may be required to complete the course with another college or university. Southeastern currently has a partnership with Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) in which students may take NTCC developmental courses on Southeastern's main campus.


Regents Core 4 Curriculum Defined

Subjects Units Courses
English 4 English I, II, III, and IV
Mathematics 4 One unit of Algebra I, Applied Algebra I or Algebra I – Pt.2. One unit of Algebra II. One unit of Geometry or Applied Geometry. One unit from Financial Math, Math Essentials, Pre-Calculus, Functions and Statistics, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, Algebra III, Trigonometry, or a comparable advanced math.
Science 4 One unit of Biology. One unit of Chemistry. Two units from: Physical Science, Integrated Science, Physics I, Physics of Technology, Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or a comparable science.
Social Studies 4 One unit of Civics/AP Government and Free Enterprise (1/2 unit each). One unit American History. One unit from: World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, AP European History: One unit from: World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, AP European History, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Religion I-IV (for nonpublic schools) or a comparable social studies.
Foreign Languages 2

Two units in the same foreign language or two speech courses.

Art 1 Fine Arts Survey or one unit of Art, Dance, Music, or Theater, or a comparable art course.
Total 19  


Additional Definitions

Accuplacer Exam

Accuplacer is a computer-based test designed to assess an individual’s knowledge of subject areas. Southeastern administers two subject areas: Math and English. These exams are used to remove developmental requirements placed on a student based on ACT scores. The Accuplacer exam is not timed. A student may take each section a maximum of two times. Accuplacer exams are administered Monday through Thursday, by appointment in the Testing office. The institution fee is $10 per test. Students may not place out of developmental requirements if they have earned a final grade in the course (or its equivalent) at an accredited college or university. A non-refundable administrative fee of $10 is assessed for each exam.


Admissions Appeal
Students who do not meet the regular admissions criteria listed above will have an opportunity to appeal the admission decision. Admission under alternative criteria may be granted, based on life experiences, exemplary leadership, artistic ability, or a student's ability to succeed. Alternative criteria appeal forms may be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Alternative criteria appeal applications, as well as the decision made on those appeals, are honored for only the semester of original application and may not be forwarded to a future semester should the student choose not to attend. The Alternative Criteria Application and all appeal documentation must be submitted to the Admissions Office before an appeal decision will be made by the committee.


Freshman Orientation
Freshman Orientation is a one-day program designed to transition new students to the university environment, and it is required of any student enrolling in Southeastern for the first time and classified as a freshman (29 or fewer hours earned). New students are also required to attend an event typically scheduled the day before their first semester. These programs are the first component of the Southeastern 101 course administered by the Center for Student Excellence. Southeastern 101 is a two-credit-hour class which introduces students to online instruction, promotes student success through connections to faculty, other students and University activities, and reinforces students' awareness of the resources Southeastern offers.


Southeastern requires official scores on the ACT from all beginning freshmen and transfer students who have fewer than 18 earned hours of college credit (non-developmental). Test results may also be required of upper-class transfer students if developmental and general education needs cannot be determined from transfer credit. The ACT battery of test scores is used for admission and placement purposes. The test may be taken more than once in order to improve scores.


The test is administered at a number of centers in Louisiana as well as centers in other states and foreign countries. Administration dates can be found on the ACT website,, or by contacting the Testing Office at Southeastern. Normally, the ACT is offered on a Saturday each September, October, December, February, April, and June. High school juniors and seniors who plan to enter Southeastern should register to take the test at one of these times. The necessary materials for registering to take the test may be obtained from the high school counselor, the high school principal, or the Southeastern Testing Office. All beginning freshmen must have taken the ACT prior to registering for classes. Athletes must have taken the ACT no later than June for Fall registration and October for Spring registration.