CP Logo

Southeast Missouri State University College Portrait

Home Compare At A Glance Contact


Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive, regional state university with seven colleges and offering aver 200 areas of study with numerous academic accreditations. Southeast is the only university in Missouri to have a separate campus dedicated to art, dance, music and theatre.

With over 12,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, Southeast is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. Freshman class sizes average 25-35 students, with an overall student-faculty ratio of 21 to 1. Over 95 percent of our courses are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. Southeast is a leader when it comes to preparing you for a career, offering Baccalaureate, Master’s and Specialist degrees and participating in cooperative doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. At Southeast, all students have two advisors: academic and career. Internships and experiential learning are strongly emphasized with more than 96 percent of all majors having an internship, clinical or experiential experience built into the curriculum.

Living in the Southeast Community

Overlooking Mark Twain’s mighty Mississippi River, Southeast Missouri State University is the kind of place that comes to mind when you think of college. Students come from all over the United States and from more than 40 countries around the world.

Southeast Missouri State University is a great place to live and learn. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 75,000.  Serving a region of more than 300,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications, and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.

Southeast’s residence halls come in many different styles including community-style, suite-style and small group living. Two recreational centers and an aquatic center are available to students along with more than 150 social, recreational and special interest student organizations.