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 Curriculum Defined

Subjects Units Courses
English 4 English I, II, III, and IV
Mathematics 4 One unit of Algebra I, One unit of Algebra II. One unit of Geometry. One unit from Pre-Calculus, Functions and Statistics, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Algebra III, Trigonometry, Advanced Pre-Calculus, or a comparable advanced math.
Science 4 One unit of Biology. One unit of Chemistry. Two units from: Physical Science, Physics I, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or a comparable science.
Social Studies 4 One unit of Civics or Government. One unit American History. Two units from: World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, European History. One unit from  Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Religion I-IV (for nonpublic schools), History of Religion, Economics, or a comparable social studies. 
Foreign Languages 2

Two units in the same foreign language.

Art 1 Fine Arts Survey or one unit of Art, Dance, Music, or Theater, or a comparable art course. One combined unit of Speech III and IV.
Total 19  


Certain IB and AP credits may be substituted for Core courses. Contact an Admissions Counselor to get more information on possible substitutions.


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 may not be used in place of the ACT test that is required for Admission. The Accuplacer exam is not timed. Accuplacer exams are administered Monday through Thursday, by appointment in the Testing office. 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.

ACT and Accuplacer (NG) Placement Score Guide for Mathematics 

Course ACT Math Score Accuplacer NG
Quantitative Reasoning,
Algebra, Stats
Math 200 ≥ 28 N/A
Math 175 ≥ 25 N/A
Math 105 or Math 161 ≥ 21 N/A
Math 105 or Math 151 ≥ 19 OR ≥ 263
Math 105 ≥ 19 OR ≥ 250
Math 92/105 - Co-Requisite 18 N/A
Cross-Enroll - NTCC DM 99 17 N/A
Cross-Enroll - NTCC DM 98 ≤ 16 N/A


ACT and Accuplacer (NG) Placement Score Guide for English

Course ACT English Score Accuplacer NG
Writing Score
English 200-300 Combined composite and English score
of ≥ 65 and advanced standing exam
English 102 ≥ 29 N/A
English 101 ≥ 18 OR ≥ 250
English 93/101 - Co-Requisite 16-17 OR ≤ 249
Cross-Enroll - NTCC DVE 99 15 N/A
Cross-Enroll - NTCC DVE 98 ≤ 14 N/A


Admission Appeal

Students who do not meet the regular admission 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 from 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 Office of Admissions before an appeal decision will be made by the committee.


Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a 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 transferable hours earned).



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 Office of Testing 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 Office of Testing. 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. Applicants may submit official SAT scores in place of ACT. SAT scores will be converted using the concordance tables provided by College Source.  Southeastern’s SAT college code is 6656.