Southeastern Louisiana University

Coordinates: 30°31′01″N 90°28′05″W / 30.517°N 90.468°W / 30.517; -90.468
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Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern Louisiana University logo.png
Former names
Hammond Junior College (1925–1928)
Southeastern Louisiana College (1928–1970)[1]
MottoFidelitas Integritas Fortitudo
Motto in English
Fidelity, Integrity, Fortitude
TypePublic university
Parent institution
UL System
Academic affiliations
EndowmentUS$34 million[2]
PresidentJohn L. Crain
Academic staff
501 full-time and 117 part-time[3]
Students14,298 (fall 2018)[3]

30°31′01″N 90°28′05″W / 30.517°N 90.468°W / 30.517; -90.468
ColorsGreen and gold[4]
NicknameLions and Lady Lions
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FCSSouthland
MascotRoomie the Lion

Southeastern Louisiana University (Southeastern) is a public university in Hammond, Louisiana. It was founded in 1925 by Linus A. Sims as Hammond Junior College. Sims succeeded in getting the campus moved to north Hammond in 1928, when it became known as Southeastern Louisiana College. It achieved university status in 1970.

In the fall of 2019 there were 14,298 students enrolled. During the 1990s, Southeastern was one of the fastest-growing colleges in the United States.[5] The university is the third largest in Louisiana, trailing only LSU and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.[6]

Southeastern's colors are green and gold, and the mascot is a lion named Roomie. Southeastern's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (FCS for football) in the Southland Conference.


Commons Area in Southeastern's War Memorial Student Union
Fayard Hall, completed in 2001, makes practical use of brick, glass, light, and open space.

Hammond Junior College was created in 1925. It was managed by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board and initially offered only a teaching certificate. The college moved to the Hunter Leake estate in north Hammond in 1927 to accommodate more students. The following year, its name changed to Southeastern Louisiana College and it joined the state's educational system under the state's board of education. The campus grew in the late 1920s and 1930s with the purchase of 60 acres (240,000 m2) and the construction of McGehee Hall and a gymnasium.

McGehee Hall, Southeastern Louisiana State University
Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Louisiana
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern Louisiana University is located in the United States
Southeastern Louisiana University
LocationSoutheastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana
Coordinates30°30′42″N 90°28′02″W / 30.5116°N 90.4671°W / 30.5116; -90.4671
Area365 acres (148 ha)
ArchitectWeiss, Dreyfous, and Seiferth
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Other, Neo-Georgian
NRHP reference No.85000094[7]
Added to NRHPJanuary 18, 1985

Lucius McGehee Hall was built in 1935. As of 2009 it is the oldest building constructed by the university. McGehee Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The college's curricular offerings increased significantly in 1937 when the college received approval to offer bachelor's degrees. The first ones were awarded two years later.

Part of the campus, looking east: Zachary Taylor Hall (left foreground), Tangipahoa Hall (middle), Linus A. Sims Memorial Library (right). Zachary Taylor Hall is the only academic building in Louisiana named for the sole President to come from Louisiana.

Although Act 388 in 1938, an amendment to the 1920 Louisiana Constitution, granted the college the same legal status as other four-year colleges in the state, it did not provide for increased funding for the college.

In 1946 the college received initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Subsequent enrollment growth following the end of World War II required additional expansion and construction. This included the use of two steel barracks donated to the college; these were used as dormitories and named McNeely Hall (which was demolished in 2007).

Friendship Circle on Southeastern's campus is dominated by Friendship Oak. This tree is hundreds of years old. Like other mature spreading live oaks, Friendship Oak is maintained by arborists to prevent the limbs from growing into the ground.

The college's curricular offerings grew again in 1960 when the college established the Division of Graduate Studies. The college awarded its first graduate degree in 1967, the Education Specialist degree. The college completed the War Memorial Student Union in the mid-1960s; it claims to be "the only student union building in the United States dedicated to alumni who died in World War II." In 1970, the institution officially became Southeastern Louisiana University.

After years of planning and fundraising, the Southeastern Louisiana University Center was constructed. An 8000-seat (more if the floor level is used) arena, the University Center hosts all home basketball games and a variety of civic, cultural, and big-name entertainment events.

Southeastern's Lucius McGehee Hall was named for Hammond physician Lucius W. McGehee. McGehee Hall, a sturdy example of Depression Gothic architecture, is on the National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana. Shown is the intricate masonry of the southwest corner. Bicycles are a widespread mode of transportation at Southeastern, and bikeracks are adjacent to all major edifices.

Fanfare, a festival celebrating the arts, humanities, and sciences, was begun in October 1986 by university faculty. It has grown into a month-long event.

In 1996 SLU joined the University of Louisiana System.

The university began to implement screened admissions standards in the fall of 2000. The following year, Southeastern took ownership of the historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. The theater is operated by a separate foundation and presents a variety of theatrical works, concerts, and dance performances.[8]

Southeastern's main entrance is connected to I-55 via LA 3234 (University Avenue), a multilane thoroughfare. Background: Saint Tammany Hall, namesake of Saint Tammany Parish.

Southeastern Louisiana University played an important role in supporting students in the state and region in 2005. The university was not damaged by Hurricane Katrina so it was able to host nearly two thousand students from areas that were effected. A fountain was dedicated in 2007 to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita; as of 2009 it is the only such memorial fountain in existence.

Southeastern's parking was augmented in 2008 by this facility undertaken by the Student Government Association: a parking garage fitted to Strawberry Stadium. Initiated by the students and paid for by student fees and parking permits, it is one of only two parking garages on public university campuses in Louisiana.[citation needed]
Southeastern President John L. Crain addresses the Faculty Senate about the budget.

Southeastern offers has its University Center for commencement exercises of high schools throughout the Northshore Region[9] and actively encouraging area high school students to continue on to the university level.[10]

Southeastern owns the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond's Historic District. First opened in 1928, the Columbia was acquired by the university in the 1990s and renovated in the amount of $5.6 million. The large foyer is dedicated to the late State Senator John Hainkel, who was instrumental in obtaining the funding for the renovation.


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[11]RNP (South)
Master's university
Washington Monthly[12]370

Southeastern Louisiana University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate and Master's levels. Southeastern has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1946.

This medallion is the State of Louisiana's sole public commemoration of the 1930s governorship of Richard W. Leche (1898–1967). The medallion is on the east side north end of Strawberry Stadium.

Southeastern consists of five colleges with 18 academic departments and programs offering over 60 degree programs.[14]

Southeastern's state-of-the-art Sims Library houses several important collections, including the Morrison Room, the Rayburn Collection, the Pineywoods People Exhibits, and the Center for Regional Studies.The Bill Evans archives are housed at the library.

The campus is also home for the state's sole commemoration of the governorship (1936–1939) of Richard W. Leche (1898–1965). It is a large medallion on the north exterior wall of the east side of Strawberry Stadium.</ref>

Southeastern offers nursing curricula in Hammond and Baton Rouge. In a consortium with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Southeastern offers a master of science in nursing.

Southeastern became a doctoral-granting institution in 2005 with the inauguration of a doctor of education in higher education leadership.

Southeastern's business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Southeastern Business School is located in Garret Hall. Southeastern was the first institution in Louisiana to achieve AACSB's separate and special accreditation in accounting.[permanent dead link] Graduates of both the MBA program and the Executive MBA program are serving widely in education and industry.

In the aftermath of Tulane University's post-Katrina decision to close several engineering programs including computer engineering, Southeastern received approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents to develop an undergraduate curriculum in engineering technology within the Department of Computer Science & Industrial Technology.

Campus locations[edit]

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne speaking January 19, 2012, to the Hammond Chamber of Commerce luncheon in the Twelve Oaks Cafeteria at Southeastern on the topic of Louisiana's historical political figures

Student life[edit]

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

There are 19 national or international social Greek letter organizations governed by three councils.[15]

Greek life[edit]

Panhellenic Council[edit]

Interfraternity Council[edit]

National Panhellenic Council[edit]


Southeastern Louisiana sponsors 16 NCAA Division I level varsity teams compete in the Southland Conference.

In 2011, Southeastern built an eight-lane all-weather track and adjacent facilities for track and field. In the background is the simultaneously completed building for the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Southeastern has several state-of-the-art athletic facilities, including an eight-lane all-weather running track completed in 2011 (see inset).


Southeastern's major campus media and publications are the Lion's Roar (newspaper), KSLU (FM radio station), ByLion (weekly online publication), the Southeastern Channel (public access cable television channel), and Le Souvenir (official yearbook).

The Lion's Roar[edit]

The Lion's Roar is the official newspaper of the students of Southeastern Louisiana University. Distributed on Tuesdays, it is published weekly during regular semesters and monthly during the summer semester. The Lion's Roar is planned, written, designed, created, and published by the students of Southeastern Louisiana University working in the Office of Student Publications, a part of the Division of Student Affairs. The Lion's Roar has been in continuous publication since 1937.[16]

KSLU radio station[edit]

Southeastern's KSLU-FM radio station began operation on November 11, 1974, as a radio club at the university, operating at 10 watts of power. Initially the station was on the air a few hours a day during the week; the transmitter was turned off during weekends and holidays. Thanks to support from the Student Government Association and self-assessed fees of the student body, in 1983 the station qualified for membership in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Since that time the station has grown to 3,000 watts, the maximum allowed because of the crowded 88–92 MHz band and the university's proximity to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

In 1988, KSLU became the first radio station in the South to install a digital touchscreen operating system. The installation was featured in Broadcast Engineering magazine and visited by radio personnel from across the world.

Foreground: Pedestrian underpass beneath LA 3234 (University Avenue) on the Southeastern campus. The underpass provides safe and convenient egress between the north and south campuses. Background: Part of the multimillion-dollar Pennington Student Activity Center, a full-service health and exercise club for students. The view is from the north.

The broadcast schedule offers non-commercial programs, with offerings including local talk shows, entertainment and sports news, campus and community activities.

In 1993, an emergency-situation room was added using amateur radio equipment purchased with grants from State Farm Insurance and Louisiana Power & Light (a subsidiary of Entergy). During critical times, this room is staffed by local ham operators, members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in the Florida Parishes area.

In the past, the station produced several political forums which were fed to all public radio stations in Louisiana and to commercial stations via the Louisiana News Network.

The year 1996 brought another phase as KSLU began broadcasting globally via the internet, enabling families of international and out-of-state students to hear live university events.[17]

A job at KSLU was the start of the media career of Robin Roberts.[18]


ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. The newsletter provides a collection of updates from the University pulling press releases from internal sources, original articles written for the newsletter, and outside media links relating to the University.[19]

Cable TV Channel[edit]

The Southeastern Channel officially began July 9, 2002.

Many Southeastern Louisiana University students reside in the fenced and gated on-campus community known as Southeastern Oaks. The gate is about 200 yards or 180 meters north of the LA 3234 pedestrian underpass.

The Southeastern Channel won four Telly Awards in 2007. Staff member Steve Zaffuto won two Bronze Tellys for animation of "Native Sounds" and "Current Events" promotions, and Josh Kapusinski won a first-place Silver Telly for animation and a Bronze Telly for editing the "Florida Parish Chronicles" promo. Josh Kapusinski's "Florida Parish Chronicles" promo won a 2006 Emmy Award in the Suncoast Region.[20]

Alumni of the public-access TV channel include Randi Rousseau, Christopher Guagliardo, Chris Lecoq, Matt Milton, Nick Brilleaux, Robbie Rhodes, Travis Connelley, Tim Tregle, Tim Tully, John Reis, Allen Waddell, Whitney Magee, and Chris Coleman.[21]

Le Souvenir[edit]

Le Souvenir is the official student yearbook of Southeastern. It is published annually and distributed to the student body in the fall semester. Le Souvenir is planned, written, designed, created, and published by the students of Southeastern working in the Office of Student Publications, a part of the Division of Student Affairs. Le Souvenir (French for "the memory") has been in continuous publication since 1929.[22]

Notable people[edit]




  1. ^ "HISTORY". Southeastern Louisiana University. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  2. ^ "Endowment value history 2013-14". 2013-14 Foundation Annual Report0. Hammond, Louisiana: Southeastern Louisiana University. 2014. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c d "Southeastern Louisiana University College Navigator page". National Center for Education Statistics. 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ SLU Academic Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana University - SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation".
  6. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana University". US News Best Colleges.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System – (#85000094)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "About Us". Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Billy Turner, "Five Northshore High seniors face a dilemma, but they think they're on the right track" in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2009 May 9, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A10.
  10. ^ Kia Hall Hayes, "Sneak preview at SLU: High schoolers see what's in store"[permanent dead link] in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 9, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. B1-B2.
  11. ^ "Best Colleges 2021: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 Rankings -- Masters Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  13. ^ "Forbes America's Top Colleges List 2022". Forbes. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  14. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2015). [1].
  15. ^ "Fraternity and Sorority Life". Retrieved July 9, 2022.
  16. ^ The Lion's Roar Newspaper.
  17. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2006). 90.9 KSLU History Archived October 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Robin Roberts takes you back to school". Good Morning America. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  19. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2007). ByLion.
  20. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2007). Southeastern Channel wins four Telly awards.
  21. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2008). The Southeastern Channel.
  22. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University. (2006). Le Souvenir Archived September 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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