Students Say

Southeast Missouri State University offers “small class sizes,” “personal attention,” and “a wide range of majors.” “The education program is awesome,” and business and nursing programs also receive high praise. A new and “really, really nice” River Campus for theater, music, and art boasts “absolutely breathtaking” views of the mighty Mississippi. However, “the best thing about SEMO is the fact that it is so cheap.” A textbook rental program reduces costs even further and “scholarships are quite generous.” Professors are decidedly “hit and miss,” though. There are “amazing professors” who are “very enthusiastic” and “encourage you to come see them in their offices.”

Overview

Applicants
4,750
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average HS GPA
3.36

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
457.5 - 592.5
SAT Math
437.5 - 620
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Southeast Missouri State University offers “small class sizes,” “personal attention,” and “a wide range of majors.” “The education program is awesome,” and business and nursing programs also receive high praise. A new and “really, really nice” River Campus for theater, music, and art boasts “absolutely breathtaking” views of the mighty Mississippi. However, “the best thing about SEMO is the fact that it is so cheap.” A textbook rental program reduces costs even further and “scholarships are quite generous.” Professors are decidedly “hit and miss,” though. There are “amazing professors” who are “very enthusiastic” and “encourage you to come see them in their offices.” “What I really like about my professors is that they actually know who I am,” says an education major. “They go out of their way to commend students who work hard and produce quality work.” There are also some professors who “lack the ability to get information across.” “I have taken some courses and learned absolutely nothing,” laments a marketing major. Some students call the administration “pretty reliable” and approachable. “They try to make everybody feel welcome,” asserts a history major, “from the 18-year-old freshman to the 45-year-old nontraditional student.” Detractors say that the administration is overly concerned with “building the brand” and “needs to rethink some of their priorities,” Also, despite SEMO’s affordability, some students are “less than satisfied” with the handling of financial aid paperwork.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
560
with Terminal Degree
344

304
Women
256
Men
67
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
47%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Sciences, General

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Care and Support Services Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Cedric the Entertainer
Actor/Comedian

Lt. Gen. James T. Conway
Commandant, U. S. Marine Corps

Hon. Stephen Limbaugh
Federal Judge and Author

Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn
Director, Army National Guard

Dr. Linda Godwin
NASA Mission Specialist Astronaut

C. John Wilder
CEO, Texas Utilities Corp.

Neal E. Boyd
America's Got Talent winner/Opera Singer

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,322

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,365

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,066

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,508

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,160

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,927
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$11,259
Required Fees
$1,011
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$494

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,197
Transportation for Commuters
$1,843

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Ethnically, it’s mainly white students here along with a rapidly growing international student population. Southeast is home to “a lot of St. Louis suburbanites” who “wanted to go to Mizzou but either didn’t have the grades or the money to get in.” Many students from Missouri’s Bootheel choose SEMO because it’s “affordable and close to home.” There are also commuters and nontraditional students from Cape Girardeau “who work outside of school.” They “just go to class and that’s it.” Students describe themselves as “friendly and energetic.” Many are “hardworking” and “diligent” while others are “average” academically and “just go through the motions” when it comes to coursework.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,848
Out of State
15%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

1.15%
Asian
10.20%
African-American
1.87%
Hispanic
84.82%
Caucasian
1.26%
Unknown
8.49%
International

57% female
43% male
15% are out of state
75% are full time
25% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“There is an insane amount of clubs on campus,” says a sophomore, “and it’s not too difficult to get involved in whatever it is that interests you.” There’s “a big crowd” of people involved in music and theater. Also, the Student Activities Council “works really hard to bring entertainment to campus.” Athletic events are sparsely attended, though intramurals are popular and the recreation center is impressive. SEMO’s strong commuter aspect is the biggest social limitation. “We are still a suitcase campus,” counsels a senior. “A lot of local students from small towns don’t stay to get involved.” Students who stick around “party a lot and are extremely social.” They frequent the “many bars” and very tasty local eateries in the “great small town” of Cape Girardeau. “There are some good parties,” too, and “Greek life is a very big deal.” Complaints here include the parking situation and a few “really run-down” dorms. Also, be warned: this campus is “beyond hilly.” Climbs can be steep.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
31%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
65
First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
172
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
18

14% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

14% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Redhawks)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Redhawks)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
72

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
50

Average Number of PC's per Lab
21

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alix Gasser
Assistant Director for Communications

Address
Admissions, MS-3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone
573-651-2590

Email
tours@semo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
River Campus (Visual/Performing Arts)
Student Recreation Center & Aquatic Center
Kent Library Information Commons
The University Center
Academic Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau
West Park Mall
Trail of Tears State Park
Views of the Mississippi River
Bollinger Mill
www.visitcape.com www.jacksonmo.com Bill Emerson Bridge, Old St. Vincent's Church, Red House Interpretive Center, Oliver House sites (in Cape and Jackson), Glenn House

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday (select)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sat.
573-651-2590

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
tours@semo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus -- Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority Taxi Southeast Shuttle Service -- When In Need Go Shuttle Bootheel Area Rapid Transportation (BART) Greyhound Bus Service Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North (St. Louis): Take I-55 South to Exit 96 (Cape Girardeau/Gordonville), turn left at the top of the ramp onto William (Rt. K). Continue on William, turn left onto West End Blvd. Turn right onto Normal and then right onto Henderson. A visitor parking lot is located at the corner of Henderson and Normal. The Office of Admissions is located in 100D Academic Hall. From the East (Illinois): Arriving on Illinois Route 146, cross the Mississippi River Bridge, and continue straight on Hwy 74, turn right on Sprigg Street. Turn left on Normal Avenue. Turn left on Henderson. A visitor parking lot is located at the corner of Henderson and Normal. The Office of Admissions is located in 100D Academic Hall. From the West (Southwest Missouri): Travel Missouri Route 60 east to Interstate 55. Take I-55 North to Exit 96 (Cape Girardeau/Gordonville), turn right on William (Rt. K). Continue on William, turn left onto West End Blvd. Turn right onto Normal and then right onto Henderson. A visitor parking lot is located at the corner of Henderson and Normal. The Office of Admissions is located in 100D Academic Hall.

Local Accommodations
Pear Tree Inn – 573-334-3000 Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 573-334-4491 Super 8 Motel – 573-339-0808 Candlewood Suites – 573-334-6868
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Key Stats

4,750
Applicants
10,848
Size
85%
Acceptance Rate
1050
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists