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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Southeast Missouri State is a public university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,296 undergraduate students. The Southeast Missouri State acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Biology, and Business. Graduating 49% of students, Southeast Missouri State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,700.
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference

Southeast Missouri State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Southeast Missouri State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1030-1240
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,468/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,330/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.49 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
12
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
12
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    57%
  • Online
    14%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,296Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,745
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    66%
  • Typical American teenager
    20%
  • Poor from St. Louis City
    7%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Typical teenager, but egotistical
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.99 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • FUN!
    31%
  • Medium sized but fun
    31%
  • Amazing
    10%
  • Pretty big, but not much to do
    8%
  • Boring
    6%
  • Pretty
    6%
  • Subpar
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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Southeast Missouri State University Reviews

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I have almost finished my first year at Southeast Missouri State University, and it was a great year! I attended almost every sporting event because they were so fun and you can earn points for going which can go towards purchasing prizes. I had a blast meeting new people and trying all the food on campus. There's something for everyone at SEMO and that's what I love about it. The faculty are very personable and want the best for their students.
The classes are also fairly small so you have the opportunity to get to know the professors and can be offered lots of cool opportunities through them. I wish there would have been more on campus events other than sports throughout the year though. That would have given me more to do other than homework and being with friends inside since I do not party. I cannot wait for my second year there!
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I am loving everything about this school. I was very skeptical about it but turns out that this is a very good school with a very big campus. The staff is amazing, the campus is amazing, the food is pretty good and the halls are just way too good to be true. There is a sense of community in this school. Smaller classroom sizes, more bonding time with the students and that is what makes this a great school. I love where I am going to school, and I am proud to be a redhawk!
I am having a hard time taking online classes. I am very excited to go to campus but then again it is very risky to be on campus, just because you want to be safe and you want to keep others safe too. Online learning makes you very lazy and its not the best thing for you. It definitely hampers your grades but I am just unlucky. I hope I will be on campus for the spring 21 semester. I am excited to be back in Merick!