Southeast Missouri State University Review

Southeast Missouri State University is a public university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The school is known for its teacher education program, as well as its programs in the visual and performing arts.

Southeast Missouri State University Overview

Established in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University has had five different names over the course of its existence, each one attempting to better represent the school's identity than its predecessor. First known as the Southeast Missouri State Normal School, the teacher's college became a university and settled on its present name in 1973.

Each year, nearly 11,000 students enroll in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Southeast Missouri State University. The majority of the population is enrolled in undergraduate programs. The school offers an average 20:1 student-faculty ratio throughout its 200 programs of study.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Prospective students are encouraged to download an application from the Southeast Missouri State University website and send it in along with standardized exam scores and a high school transcript. The university offers early decision admissions for students who are willing to apply by an advanced deadline. The university sees approximately 4,000 applications per year and has an 88% acceptance rate; however, only about half of all accepted students enroll. Once a person is accepted, they are then expected to arrange for housing and financial aid through the proper venues. Enrollees may then meet with an academic advisor and begin the registration process.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

The Southeast Missouri State University campus is devoted to the arts. The River Campus houses the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, which is comprised of two buildings: the Cultural Arts Center and the Seminary Building. There are several recital halls, performance spaces and galleries on campus; these facilities host many performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

Southeast Missouri State University also shares several facilities with Three Rivers Community College, located in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This agreement between the schools has allowed Southeast Missouri State University to expand into regional campuses located in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston and Perryville. These sites feature administrative and departmental buildings, residence halls, academic libraries and resource centers.

Schools and Colleges at Southeast Missouri State University

  • Harrison College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • The College of Science and Mathematics
  • The School of Polytechnic Studies
  • School of University Studies & Academic Information Services
  • The School of University Studies
  • Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • School of Graduate Studies

School Contact Information

  • Address: One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701-9980
  • Phone Number: (573) 651-2000