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Southeast Missouri State University

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.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

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.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 11,937

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 10,698
Women 6,082 57%
Men 4,616 43%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 53 <1%
Asian 110 1%
African American / Black 973 9%
Hispanic 178 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3 <1%
White 8,093 76%
Two or More Races 11 <1%
International 661 6%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 616 6%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do SE undergraduates call home?
Missouri 79%
Other US States & Territories 14%
Other Countries 6%
How old are SE undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 18%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 4,750 new freshman applicants, 85% were admitted and 46% of the admitted students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University in Fall 2014.
Of the 1,034 transfer applicants, 95% were admitted and 64% of the admitted students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University in Fall 2014.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 20 - 25  
Math 18 - 25 438 - 620
English 20 - 26  
Critical Reading   458 - 593
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 41%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 74%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 77%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.38
Percent who submitted High School GPA 98%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $19,772

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Southeast Missouri State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

How much would I pay?

Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2012 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


SE Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 21 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 79%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 96%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 397
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 53%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 15%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 75%

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Campus-based Housing

68% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
31% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

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.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

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/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
Very high undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at SE

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.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 91% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 54% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 26% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 79% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 17% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 51% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 59% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 11% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 95% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 97% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 73% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 66% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 96% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 59% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 82% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 98% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 72% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 64% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 90% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 48% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 78% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 81% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 82% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Southeast Missouri State University in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at Southeast Missouri State University in 2013-14
Associate's 28
Bachelor's 1,718
Master's 367
Total 2,113
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 9%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 7%
Communication and Media Studies. 7%
Biology, General. 6%
Criminal Justice and Corrections. 5%
Links to degree programs at Southeast Missouri State University
Links to degree programs at Southeast Missouri State University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 81% four-year success and progress rate means that 81% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 1,679 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 490 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 73%

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Student Learning at Southeast Missouri State University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.