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Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive, regional university offering 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 more than 11,100 students, Southeast is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. Southeast has freshman class sizes averaging 25-30 students, and an overall student-faculty ratio of 18 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. 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.
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 is the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis, and its citizens are dedicated to providing a warm welcome. Southeast is a safe and beautiful place where you will find students who are wonderfully diverse, friendly and fun loving. 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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||10,386|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||46||<1%|
|African American / Black||895||9%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||5||<1%|
|Two or More Races||21||<1%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||431||4%|
|Where do SE undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||12%|
|How old are SE undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||18%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||20 - 25|
|Math||18 - 25||450 - 600|
|English||20 - 26|
|Critical Reading||440 - 590|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||42%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||75%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||83%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.33|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||96%|
The cost to attend Southeast Missouri State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||21 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||73%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||97%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||397|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||47%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||14%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||73%|
69% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
33% of all undergraduates live on campus
Southeast Missouri State University has been ranked as the safest public four-year university in Missouri by StateUniversity.com, the leading website for college information. The Department of Public Safety is fully staffed by commissioned, professional police officers and is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Southeast provides a Student Watch & Escort Service, a campus shuttle system, lighted corridors with emergency call boxes throughout the campus, an outdoor warning system and various other avenues to communicate emergency information to students. External residence hall doors are locked 24-hours a day and a 24-hour desk is staffed in the Towers Complex and in Vandiver Hall.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Southeast Missouri State University in 2010-11|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-11|
|LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES||12%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||8%|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||7%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||7%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||6%|
First-time students in Fall 2010 that returned for their second year: 71%
Southeast Missouri State University assesses students learning at both University and department levels throughout out their enrollment. A nationally recognized writing outcomes program evaluates student writing at three points in their course of study using holistically scored writing samples (http://ustudies.semo.edu/writing/wap.asp) . Students must demonstrate writing proficiency to graduate. The Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) test is used to assess student competency in four core areas: critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics. All incoming and graduating students complete all sections of the standard form (starting in academic year 09/10.) Each instructional unit files a tri-annual student learning outcomes report. In this report, the unit presents a detailed assessment plan including specific student learning outcome goals established by faculty in the discipline. These include both disciplines specific and general education goals. The plan also outlines the multiple methods of assessment that are used to measure these goals. In addition to the University measures, multiple disciplines specific measures are used. These include national and locally developed tests, licensure tests, internship/practicum reports, alumni, student and employer surveys, capstone projects, publication, presentation at professional meetings, and performance based evaluations. Some of the performance based measures, for example the Department of Art, are evaluated by external experts. External tests include NCLEX (nursing), PRAXIS (education), MFAT, Registration Examination for Dietitians, Certified Manufacturing Technologist Examination, NESPA (Speech Pathology), Comprehensive Professional Counseling Exam, CPA (Certified Public Accountant Exam), ACS (Chemistry), and ATAG (Accounting). The report contains data from all of the measures which is then analyzed and conclusions are formed on student progress on each goal. Finally, the unit is expected to demonstrate how it has used results from assessment to improve student learning and/or percent plans for future actions. These reports are reviewed by the appropriate academic Dean and then evaluated by the University Assessment Review Committee which reports its findings to the Provost. A number of programs are nationally accredited by discipline specific agencies some of which are have defined assessment requirements. For example, units within the College of Education must provide assessment data that shows their students meet Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) as well as respond to the NCATE mandate that they have processes that collect and analyze data on the performance of candidates and graduates. Units accredited by ABET (Computer Information Systems, Engineering Physics, and Engineering Technology), which accredits programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, must engage in assessment programs that provide data to respond to the ABET evaluation criteria of the discipline. The units in the College of Business must engage in assessment practices to address the Assurance of Learning standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
This university is in the process of collecting and analyzing learning outcomes test results.