Southeast Missouri State University


Hundreds of SEMO Degrees in Cape Girardeau and Online

Southeast Missouri State University appears in our ranking of the 20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science.

Divided into six colleges with 74.4 percent retention, Southeast Missouri State University engages RedHawks in 156 undergrad and 59 post-grad majors, including 31 wholly online, at a 20:1 ratio. For example, the Agribusiness BS offers the 121-credit Horticulture Concentration with practice in the 11,660-square-foot Charles Hutson Greenhouse and FAA Landscape Contest. At the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory, the 125-credit Dance BFA auditions Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Aerial undergrads for 12 mainstage productions yearly. The Technology Management BS logs into Moodle for a 61-credit, ATMAE-accredited online transfer track with access to the Cisco Academy Support Center.

Directed by Dr. Susan Kendrick, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA requires 36 online credits, such as Sociolinguistics, and 90 practicum hours for K-12 certification. Hosting a Sigma Xi Chapter, the Applied Chemistry MNS utilizes Magill Hall Lab in a 32-credit, ACS-aligned curriculum for companies like Monsanto, Marathon Oil, Synergy, Dalton Pharma, and Hach Company.

Other SEMO opportunities include the Family Studies BS, Industrial Distribution BS, BS in Computer Information Systems, Actuarial Mathematics BS, Global Studies BA, Entrepreneurship MBA, Nursing MSN, and History MA.

About Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University originated in 1873 when the Legislature formed the Third District Normal School for teachers’ training. Initially housed in the Lorimier School, it relocated to Academic Hall designed by World’s Fair architect Jerome Bibb Legg in 1906. During Willard Vandiver’s 1900s tenure, he coined the term “Show Me” that inspired today’s state nickname. In 1946, it transitioned into the Southeast Missouri State College for broader bachelor’s study. Given university status in 1972, SEMO had expanded its 328-acre Cape Girardeau campus to 22 buildings like Kent Library by 1975. Two decades later, Southeast Missouri State acquired St. Vincent’s Seminary to build the Rivers Campus for the Holland School of Arts. In 1998, SEMO launched the Annual Clark Terry Jazz Festival. Southeast Online also began in 2004 for 24/7 Moodle access to a public, coeducational education. Budgeting $114.2 million, Southeast Missouri State University now delivers 1,303 courses for 11,071 RedHawks from 65 nations each term with 100+ clubs like Model United Nations. The U.S. News & World Report ranked SEMO the 90th best Midwest college and 20th top public university.

Southeast Missouri State University Accreditation Details

On December 19, 2012, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) reaffirmed Southeast Missouri State University via the AQIP Pathway for seven-year Level IV accreditation valid through 2019 under its 18th president, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, who accepted an AASCU Innovation Excellence Award. Headquartered 371 miles north via interstate 57 in Chicago, this nonprofit 19-state Northern Plains accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Education Department and Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). Other programmatic accreditations are current from the following:

  •  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  •  Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
  •  Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  •  National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  •  Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC)
  •  Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  •  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  •  Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  •  National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  •  Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
  •  Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
  •  Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  •  Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)

Southeast Missouri State University Application Requirements

Enrolling at Southeast Missouri State University is labeled “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s since just 4,208 of the 4,977 Fall 2017 applicants beat the 85 percent acceptance rate. First-year RedHawks must graduate from licensed high schools or achieve a 2500 GED and 75 HSE score. Admission becomes test-optional for secondary GPAs above 3.5. Otherwise, freshmen need at least 2.0 GPA, 18 ACT, and 940 SAT marks. Lower grades are considered provisionally for the Academic Coaching Program. Current undergrads skip freshman criteria by transferring 24+ non-remedial credits with 2.0 GPAs or better. The RN-BSN Online seeks higher 2.8 GPAs in prerequisites like Microbiology, Physiology, and Chemistry for nursing licensure. Online 30-credit Applied Technology BAS entrants must already hold Associate of Applied Science degrees. The School of Graduate Studies demands qualifying four-year bachelor’s majors with cumulative GPAs above 3.0 in the last two semesters. For instance, the Communication Disorders MA necessitates nine prerequisites, including Phonetics and Language Development. Online MBA cohorts must reach a GMAT Index score over 1000. GRE minimums are currently 147 for Verbal and Quantitative plus 3.5 for Analytical Writing.

Southeast Missouri State University recommends freshmen apply before the December 1st Early Action and March 1st Scholarship deadlines. Bachelor’s transfers have until July 1st for Fall, November 1st for Spring, and March 1st for Summer. Generally, domestic post-grads are considered until August 1st, November 21st, and May 15th respectively. Non-U.S. learners meeting the 61 TOEFL iBT score have July 1st and November 1st deadlines. Program-specific cutoffs include October 31st for the Criminal Justice MS and February 1st for the School Counseling MA. Prospective RedHawks use Firefox or Chrome to complete the SEMO and Common Applications online for $30 ($40 if international). Official registrar records are mailed to One University Plaza in Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Supplemental items include the standardized tests, references, letter of intent, faculty sponsor agreement, state licensure, résumé, and writing sample. Pose further questions to (573) 651-2590 or [email protected]

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Southeast Missouri State University is billing full-time Show Me State undergrads $3,126 per term or $6,253 annually. Non-resident bachelor’s tuition is $5,995 each semester or $11,991 every year. General fees add $1,164. The Textbook Rental Program costs $363. Living at the Cape Girardeau campus’ dorms like Henderson Hall incurs $7,828 to $9,508 for room and board. Residents foot the $30 RHA, $60 technology, and $60 television fees. Traditional bachelor’s attendance equals $15,608 in-state and $21,346 out-of-state. Southeast Online courses are only $284 per credit. The School of Graduate Studies charges Missourians $270 and $504 per credit with $33 general fees on-site. Online master’s tuition is $334 per credit. Note the Cooperative Doctoral EdD Program raises prices of $373 to $999 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Financial Services Center in Academic Hall gifts $45.88 million total for 78 percent of SEMO RedHawks soaring with $5,488 each on average. University funds include the President’s Scholarship, Residence Life Fellowship, Phi Theta Kappa Award, Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship, FIRST Robotics Scholarship, Wally Lage Memorial Scholarship, Gordon Galemore Endowed Scholarship, Martha Welman Dahringer Award, Julie Saenger Memorial Scholarship, Cora Arlene Miller Mabrey Scholarship, Ruth VanAmburg James Scholarship, and Zonta Club Restricted Scholarship. The Copper Dome Scholars Program gifts $5,000 yearly for freshmen with 3.5 GPAs and 1280 SAT scores or greater. Non-Missouri residents can deduct $5,737 from annual tuition with the RedHawks Achievement Award. Federal Pell, SEOG, and TEACH Grants are renewal via FAFSA forms coded 002501. Estimated family contributions of 12,000 or below qualify for the Bridge to Success Award. Missouri-based programs like the Access Grant, Officer Survivors Grant, A+ Scholarship, and Advanced Placement Incentive Grant help. There’s also a January 15th deadline for Federal Work-Study jobs worth $1,500.

Search through accredited Southeast Missouri State University departments at the Provost’s Office website.

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