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SEU Link
Southeastern University
SEU Link
1000 Longfellow Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
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Program Contact Kelly Southmayd
Program Contact Email
Phone 863-667-5096
Website Program website
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SEU Link is a comprehensive postsecondary transition program for students identified with mild intellectual disabilities. Link students may qualify to live on campus in the residence halls. Students enrolled in the Link program receive support through trained peer mentors. SEU Link offers three types of peer mentors (residential, social, and academic.) Students must be independent enough to navigate the campus independently, as mentors are not with the Link students at all times. Support is also offered through a full time Link Resident Director who lives on campus and meets with students at least weekly to offer support. The student's program is individualized through person-centered planning meetings and individual advising sessions. Link students take 2 inclusive classes every semester with traditional SEU students in addition to their 2 Link-specific classes. The Link curriculum targets employability, self-advocacy and independent living skills. Employability skills are increased through a variety of on and off campus internships. Link students participate in on and off campus extracurricular and student life activities along side traditional SEU students. Link students earn a Certificate of Professional Readiness upon completion of the program along with an industry credential in their chosen career field. They are also able to participate in the graduation ceremony along with traditional SEU students.

Program information submitted: January 18, 2023

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 11
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: January 15
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Various syndromes and physical disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 75.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

One of four first-year students did not return

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $18000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $18000.00
Room and board: $8000.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

FCSUA scholarship - 7,000$ per academic year

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Every student takes 2 inclusive courses every semester. The syllabus is modified for that individual student to make it achievable and they take the course on pass/ fail basis. Students who can accomplish all of the items on the syllabus are able to receive credit through a PLA process and may qualify for a Link Extension Year if they are interested in applying for traditional Undergraduate admission.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take 2 Link-specific courses every semester which are focused on work readiness, self-advocacy and independent living. One of the courses is personal financial management and uses a simulation software.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Professional Readiness
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

CPR, Simnet Microsoft Badging, DCF childcare worker

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Three internships are part of the program. The final one is off-campus.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation