Southeast Missouri State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Southeast Missouri State University
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Southeast Missouri State University Admissions Overview:

Southeast Missouri State, with an 83% acceptance rate, is an accessible school; students with solid grades and average test scores have a good chance of being accepted. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or the ACT. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a visit to the campus, be sure to get in touch with the admissions office at SMSU.

Admissions Data (2016):

Southeast Missouri State University Description:

Founded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University is a public university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a city on the Mississippi River and Illinois border. St. Louis is two hours away. The university has an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, classes that average 25 to 35 students, and over 200 areas of study. Programs in professional fields such as business, communications, education and corrections are extremely popular among undergraduates, and the curriculum emphasizes hands-on experiential learning. Southeast has a campus textbook rental program that significantly reduces the cost of books for students. In athletics, the Southeast Redhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 11,978 (10,693 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 74% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,990 (in-state); $12,375 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $502
  • Room and Board: $8,508
  • Other Expenses: $4,482
  • Total Cost: $20,482 (in-state); $25,867 (out-of-state)

Southeast Missouri State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,033
    • Loans: $6,064

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Science, General Studies, Industrial Technology, Marketing, Nursing, Speech Communication

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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