Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University was established in 1873 and is a public college situated in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The campus is set on nearly 400 acres of land. The university has more than 10,000 students. The university's name has undergone many changes and below, in a chronological order, are the different names:

  • Southeast Missouri State Normal School, from 1873-1881
  • Missouri State Normal School-- Third District, from 1881-1919
  • Southeast Missouri State Teachers College, from 1919-1946
  • Southeast Missouri State College, from 1946-1973
  • Southeast Missouri State University from, 1973-Present

The university's sports teams are called the Redhawks. The athletic teams are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. The school has basketball, tennis, cross country, volleyball, track, softball, and soccer teams. Neal E. Boyd, winner of America's Got Talent; Peter Kinder, politician; Linda Godwin, NASA astronaut; Dick Hantak, NFL referee; and Velmer A. Fassel, scientist; are among the notable alumni of Southeast Missouri State University.

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Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau , MO 63701-9980
General Phone: (573) 651-2000

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Southeast Missouri State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching370educational administration, higher education administration, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, ...
Liberal Arts346German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, humanities, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Business and Management209business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Family and Social Work123family and consumer science, child care management, social work, social service professions
Engineering Technician103engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial tech, industrial production tech, computer systems tech, architectural drafting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine79registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling77psychology, communication disorders
Media74communication studies, printing equipment operation
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy73nutrition sciences, parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, health and fitness
Science70biology, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement54corrections, criminal justice and safety
Art Studies22visual and performing arts, art studies
Computer Science and Engineering19computer and info science, computer programming
Agricultural Science and Management15agriculture, agricultural operations
Animal Science and Care13animal science
Office and Administration9office management, administrative assistant
Landscaping and Horticulture8plant sciences, horticultural science
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Medical Support and Technology2clinical lab tech
Engineering2engineering physics
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Number of programs and degrees for Southeast Missouri State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,46965
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years46
Post-master's certificate192
Master's degree19924
Associate's degree102

Southeast Missouri State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southeast Missouri State had a total enrollment of 10,624 students (8,325 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 7%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 26%
20-21 24%
22-24 18%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Southeast Missouri State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 48 %

Southeast Missouri State Room and Board (2007)

Southeast Missouri State offers campus housing for 2,800 of its 8,325 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Cape Girardeau, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southeast Missouri State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal445575
SAT Math448620
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southeast Missouri State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,255
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,890
Room and board $ 6,065
Room charge $ 3,803
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,262
Books and supplies $ 440
Other expenses $ 3,259

Financial Aid:
Southeast Missouri State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 250100)

Southeast Missouri State Faculty

Southeast Missouri State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4132
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4287

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$61,1942*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year89$75,63543$71,106
Associate professoracademic year56$57,98126$59,630
Assistant professoracademic year42$54,18341$51,480
Instructoracademic year36$43,93183$40,956
All faculty totalacademic year223$62,043193$52,425

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southeast Missouri State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Ohio Valley Conference
Track Ohio Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports07171

Southeast Missouri State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Physics

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Landscaping And Horticulture
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Nutrition Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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What Sets Southeast Missouri State Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
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Number of degree programs
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Number of students
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Top 7%Southeast Missouri State Number of students
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 8%Southeast Missouri State Female % of student body
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 11%Southeast Missouri State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in engineering technician
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Southeast Missouri State % of degrees in engineering technician
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Southeast Missouri State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Southeast Missouri State % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Southeast Missouri State % of degrees in family and social work
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Southeast Missouri State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 19%Southeast Missouri State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Southeast Missouri State % of degrees in education and teaching

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checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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checked Offers athletic scholarships
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