Southeastern University, a private, non-profit undergraduate and graduate institution of higher education, was established in 1879. The University is career-oriented and seeks to prepare individuals for responsible positions in business and public service. The University stresses professional development and, at the same time, encourages an appreciation for our cultural and intellectual heritage, requiring a liberal arts foundation for its degree programs.
The University is chartered by the Congress of the United States, regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and recognized by the Boards of Accountancy of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Southeastern University is an institution of higher learning committed to academic excellence and civic engagement. Our academic innovation is driven by faculty who provide traditional and adult learners with the critical thinking and business skills that result in exit competencies demanded by a competitive marketplace
Over a century ago, the antecedent of Southeastern University arose in the Nation's Capital. It was in 1879 -- following a great influx of newcomers to Washington -- that the Young Men's Christian Association of the District of Columbia began to offer classes in French, mathematics, general education, religion, and business. As the current president, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, often points out in speeches around the nation, the guiding purpose of the founders was to afford young men a practical education. Then, as now, Southeastern was dedicated to the twin principles of education for citizenship and education for a life's career.
In 1907 the Washington School of Accountancy was added to the university, creating a specialty which continues to this day. And, in 1923, the institution was incorporated by the city government as the Southeastern University of the Young Men's Christian Association of the District of Columbia.
A major step forward was taken when, on August 19, 1937, an Act of Congress was approved declaring the name of the institution to be "Southeastern University" and providing a federal charter for the university. The Congress declared that the university was to be governed by a board of trustees composed of prominent individuals. It also called for a wide range of courses, schools and degrees. This official charter has since been amended twice by the Congress - first, on October 10, 1966, and again on March 29, 1976.
Over the course of the century, many courses and schools were added: liberal arts, business administration, transportation studies, and a law school, among others. Today, the strength of the university academically rests upon the following areas: computer science and computer information systems; accounting and taxation; mathematics; liberal studies; and business management and marketing. Undergraduate degrees are offered in accounting, business management, general studies, marketing, computer science, information systems management, finance, banking, and public administration. Graduate courses are offered in accounting and taxation; business management and marketing, computer science; computer information systems; mathematics; finance and banking; economics; public administration, and communication arts.
The main campus was moved over the years, and since September of 1972 the Washington campus has been located in the Southwest quadrant of the city, on a site formerly occupied by the Hawthorne School. Accreditation of the university by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools was awarded in 1976.
In 1996 the university board of trustees selected as the ninth president of the university the Hon. Charlene Drew Jarvis, then a member of the Council of the District of Columbia since 1979. Chair of the Committee on Economic Development, she served as Chairperson Pro Tempore of the Council. President Jarvis is a trained scientist with a doctorate in Neuropsychology, a scientific researcher, and a prominent community leader. She is the daughter of Dr. Charles R. Drew, the blood bank pioneer.
In 1997, the university took a great step forward when it was admitted to the Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Washington Area - the elite gathering of colleges and universities in this region of the country. As a member of the Consortium, Southeastern has gained many benefits. Thus, the university's students may take courses on the campuses of other Consortium institutions, and join in Consortium scholarship and grant competitions.
Over the years students from all corners of the globe have attended and graduated from Southeastern University. Increasingly, both Washingtonians and citizens of the world have looked to the university for leadership in higher education and for the very highest of intellectual standards.
Today, the university works to help build the strengths of the community which it serves while remaining an internationally distinguished institution "educating business, technology and government leaders from the region and the world".
What We Offer
Founded in 1879 and chartered by an act of Congress in 1937, Southeastern University is a private, nonprofit university offering Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in:
The University also offers Certificate Programs in Information Technology.
The majority of SEU students and faculty live and work in the Washington metropolitan area. The traditional SEU student is a working professional who is employed full or part time and seeks a college degree for professional advancement and personal enrichment. SEU provides a very personal educational environment where students enjoy a low student-teacher ratio in small classroom settings. The total student enrollment is 1000. Over 60% are female. Together, the students and faculty represent over 50 countries and cultures. The SEU faculty is composed of many professionals who are employed at high levels in the federal or local government or the private sector. Of the full time faculty, 67% have terminal degrees in their specialties.
Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis is the university president.
Our students have benefited from attendance at Southeastern University and are found around the world occupying important positions in the global economy. Through the assistance of the Office of Career Services at SEU, our students work at some of the area's leading private businesses, local, state and federal governments and private organizations. Southeastern University is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.