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About Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Southeast Missouri State University was founded in 1873 and now enrolls around 10,001 students a year, including 8,929 undergrads.

Southeast Missouri State University offers housing for up to 2,661 students. Most students live off campus,.

Southeast Missouri State University's endowment was valued at $84.159 million in 2021. The institution spends around $7,098 for each full-time student enrolled. Southeast Missouri State University employs one full-time professor for every 19 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Southeast Missouri State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 93%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $7,461
Out-of-State $14,031

Southeast Missouri State University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

July 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Southeast Missouri State University by September 1.

Early Admission at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Southeast Missouri State University

It is moderately difficult to get into Southeast Missouri State University. Around 93% of applicants get into Southeast Missouri State University each year. Last year, 4,871 students applied to Southeast Missouri State University and 4,546 were admitted.

Southeast Missouri State University Waitlist 2021

Southeast Missouri State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Southeast Missouri State University?

Southeast Missouri State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Southeast Missouri State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Southeast Missouri State University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
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Southeast Missouri State University Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Southeast Missouri State University.

Does Southeast Missouri State University Require Test Scores?

Southeast Missouri State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.


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Dorms at Southeast Missouri State University

Yes! Southeast Missouri State University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,661 students.

Southeast Missouri State University students are active in the school's Student Government, Student Activities Council and Greek Life. Ice Cream Pig-Out, Welcome Back Picnic, and and Late Night Breakfast are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Southeast Missouri State University.

Financial Aid at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University meets 58% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,866 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Southeast Missouri State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southeast Missouri State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Southeast Missouri State University, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,703 students who started at Southeast Missouri State University as first-time freshman, 548 graduate within four years.

Southeast Missouri State University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 69%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 49% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,940 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Southeast Missouri State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Southeast Missouri State University a good school for you?

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Where is Southeast Missouri State University?

Southeast Missouri State University is located in the small town setting of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

If you want to see Southeast Missouri State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 55 to Cape Girardeau, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cape Girardeau Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Southeast Missouri State University and Cape Girardeau are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One University Plaza Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799

Campus Setting: Small Town

Southeast Missouri State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southeast Missouri State University is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Southeast Missouri State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Southeast Missouri State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,180

In State

$25,750

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$7,461
$14,031
Fees
$1,254
$1,254
Housing
$9,834
$9,834
Books
$631
$631

Student Life

Wondering what life at Southeast Missouri State University is like? There are approximately 10,001 students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University, including 8,929 undergraduate students and 1,072 graduate students. 76% percent of students attend school full-time, 79% percent are from MO and 21% percent of students are from other states.

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Full Time

24%

Part Time

79%

In State

21%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

10,001

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

93%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,715

Out-of-State

$15,285

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jul 1
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