Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is a public, liberal arts
university located in rural Cape Girardeau, Missouri. SEMO offers
degrees on the bachelors, masters, and Ed.D. levels in over 200
programs. It was founded as the Southeast Missouri State Normal School
in 1873 and was renamed the Southeast Missouri State University in
1973. Attendance as of Fall 2013 was at 11,367. SEMO has four regional
campuses in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and Poplar Bluff, as well as the
Perryville Higher Education Center and the Cape Girardeau Partnership
for Higher Education.

Admissions Information

There is a $25 application fee. Approximately 97% of
students who apply are admitted, and 72% return for their Sophomore
year. For first year freshmen, students should aim to have scores of 21 or higher
on their ACT and 980 or higher on their SAT, with a high school cumulative GPA no
lower than 2.00. Incoming freshmen are expected to have the following:
four units of English, three of math, three of social studies, three of
science, one visual or performing arts, and three additional units.

College Majors


SMSU Academic Hall

SEMO offers the following majors for undergraduates:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Chemistry
  • Commercial Photography
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Corporate Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exceptional Child Education
  • Family and Consumer Science Education
  • Finance
  • French
  • General Studies
  • Health Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Human Environmental Studies
  • Industrial Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Technology
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Architecture
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Psychology
  • Recreation
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management
  • Technology Management
  • Theater

Undergraduate Programs

SEMO is well-known as a school that produces quality educators, and as such,
many of the majors have an education degree available, such as
Agricultural, Art, Biology, Business and Marketing, Chemistry, English,
French, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish.

Graduate Programs

SEMO offers a wide variety of Master’s degrees, as well as a few Specialist
degrees, and one doctoral program. The Master’s degrees are available in
Biology, Business Administration, Career Counseling, Chemistry,
Communication Disorders, Community Wellness, Criminal Justice,
Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Exceptional Child
Education, Higher Education Administration, History, Human
Environmental Studies, Middle and Secondary Education, Mathematics,
Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Nutrition and Exercise Science,
Public Administration, School Administration, School Counseling,
Science Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and
Technology Management. SEMO offers three Specialist degrees in
Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, and Counseling. The
one Doctoral degree is a Cooperative Doctoral Degree in Educational

Online Degrees and Programs

SEMO has an extensive array of online degrees offered at both the bachelor’s
and master’s degree levels. Bachelor’s degrees are available for the following
fields: Business Administration, Technology Management, Nursing,
General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Computer
Information Systems, and Social Science. Master’s degrees are available
in the following fields: Business Administration, Organizational
Management, Elementary Education, Exceptional Child Education,
Secondary Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,
Criminal Justice, and Technology Management. Online certificate
programs are also available for alternative education certification,
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.


SEMO typically ranks high on US News and World Report's list of best
regional universities in the Midwest. In the past, they have also been
rated as the safest school in Missouri. has listed them
before as the best value for their online MBA program.


SEMO is accredited by the North Central Association. SEMO's Harrison College
of Business is accredited by AACSB International, an honor awarded only
to the top five percent of business schools.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Southeast Missouri State is made up of five colleges and four schools. The five
colleges are: the Donald L. Harrison College of Business; the College of
Education; the College of Health and Human Services; the College of
Liberal Arts; and the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture.
The four schools are: the School of Extended Learning; School of
Graduate Studies; School of University Studies; and the Earl and Margie
Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

SEMO accepts Federal Pell Grants, the Teacher Education Assistance for
College and Higher Education Grant Program, and the Federal
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. They also participate in
the Federal Work Study and Federal Perkins Loans. SEMO also offers a
large variety of potential scholarships. No forms are required to be
eligible. There are also scholarships from local institutions that can
help many students out.

Library System

Southeast's primary campus library is the Kent Library. It offers services that
give access to archival media, subscriptions to online magazine and
scholarly journals, and MOBIUS, which links into other Missouri



Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

The SEMO Redhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley
Conference. The Redhawks offer the following men's intercollegiate
sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and track and
field (indoor and outdoor). They offer the following women's
intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer,
softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.

Student Housing

SEMO offers eleven different residence halls that allow for double
occupancy for students. Costs for housing include either a 15+ or 19+
meal plan and range in price from $6,500 to $8,800.

General Information

Admission Office

One University Plaza

MS 3550

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

(573) 651-2590

Fax: (573) 651-5936

Contact: Deborah Below

Main Address

One University Plaza

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

(573) 651-2000

Total undergrads: 9,381

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,828

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,632

Graduate enrollment: 1,433


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 97%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture Science B
Plant Sciences B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Specialist in Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Engineering Physics B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting C
Computer Systems A
Electrical Engineering Technologies C
Engineering Technology – General B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the
accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to
change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions

Southeast Missouri State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (573) 651-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: One University Plaza, MS2025, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,637
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 52%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,084 (48% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,800
Out-of-state Tuition: $13,830
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,638

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southeast Missouri State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southeast Missouri State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 185
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 91712
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 122
English Language and Literature/Letters 23
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 112
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 263
History 112
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 31
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 21
Psychology 112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 1627639

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southeast Missouri State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,800
Out-of-state $13,830
Books and supplies $631

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $5,959
Out-of-state $10,513

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,405 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,337 91% $7,638
Student loan aid 750 51% $5,917

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,974 79% $5,973
Federal student loans 4,205 42% $6,274

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southeast Missouri State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southeast Missouri State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,785 1,806 2,979
Percent admitted 100% 86% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 32% 33% 31%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southeast Missouri State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 10,637
Undergraduate enrollment 9,524
Graduate enrollment 1,113

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southeast Missouri State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
    • Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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