Southeastern Louisiana University is a state-funded public university in Hammond, Louisiana, United States. It was founded in 1925 by Linus A. Sims, the principal of Hammond High School, as Hammond Junior College, located in a wing of the high school building. 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.
Enrolled are more than 15 thousand students representing 43 states and 66 countries. During the 1990s Southeastern was the fastest-growing college in the United States. Southeastern's colors are green and gold, and the mascot is the Lions. Southeastern's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (FCS for football) in the Southland Conference.
16 NCAA Division I level varsity teams in the Southland Conference.
Southeastern's major campus media and publications are the Lion's Roar (newspaper), KSLU (radio station), ByLion (weekly online publication), the Southeastern Channel (Public-access television cable TV channel), and Le Souvenir (official yearbook).
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.
KSLU began operation on November 11, 1974, as a radio club at Southeastern Louisiana 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.
The Southeastern Channel officially hit airwaves July 9, 2002 and less than five years later had established itself as one of the premier university television channels nationwide. With production and programming as its staple, the Southeastern Channel has won over 40 national and international awards in the past four years, including two Emmy awards, along with multiple Telly, Aurora, Axiem, Videographer, Communicator, and WorldFest International Film and Video Festival Gold Remi awards. Last year, the Southeastern Channel had eight Emmy nominations; six more than any other television channel (commercial, news, or non-commercial) in Louisiana. The Southeastern Channel is the first university channel in state history to have won an Emmy.