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Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive university with numerous national and international academic accreditations.

In addition to offering more than 145 undergraduate majors, 100 minors, and more than 75 graduate programs, Southeast continues to focus on staying ahead of changing market demands. Using technology to find new ways to feed the world is a top priority in agriculture, and industry professionals turn to our cybersecurity team to help defend against the latest cyber threats.

Type Public
Established 1873
Endowment $58,585,853
President Carlos Vargas-Aburto
Academic staff
Students 11,987 (Fall 2016)
Undergraduates 10,693 (Fall 2016)
Postgraduates 1,285 (Fall 2016)
Location Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Campus Main Campus 328 acres (132.7 ha)
Nickname Redhawks (Division I FCS)
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I – Ohio Valley Conference
Mascot Rowdy the Redhawk


The Original Normal School Building burned down on April 8, 1902, and was replaced in 1906 by Academic Hall, the school's domed landmark building. It was designed by Jerome Bibb Legg, who also designed the St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall, and includes light fixtures from the 1904 World's Fair.

In the 1950s Southeast Missouri State College had an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students and steadily increased to more than 7,000 students in the 1970s due to low tuition costs, aggressive recruiting, and the construction of Interstate 55 between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. The College also moved away from its focus on only training teachers and began to offer courses of study in business, nursing, and the liberal arts. Due to this expansion of curriculum and student body population, the college officially became Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. The physical size of the campus also grew in this same period. In 1956, the institution had ten buildings on campus. By 1975, the number had increased to twenty-two buildings. In 1998, the university acquired the former St. Vincent's Seminary on the Mississippi river. This property has been redeveloped as the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, which opened in Fall 2007.

World Rankings

Regional Universities Midwest 93
Top Public Schools 23
Engineering Programs 169
Business Programs 381-494

Students receive unparalleled personal support from their first time on campus to the day they receive their diploma. This instills a strong sense of confidence and lays the foundation for all of their achievements to come.

With nearly 12,000 students, Southeast is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. Internships and experiential learning are available in 100 percent of majors. Study-abroad opportunities range from two-week to academic year study in a variety of countries.

More About the University

Overlooking Mark Twain's mighty Mississippi River, Southeast is the kind of place people imagine when they think of college. The beautiful campus is an eclectic mix of old and new. Classic limestone buildings blend harmoniously with contemporary structures. Located in Cape Girardeau, the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis, Southeast is a great place to live and learn in a college-friendly community. Students come from all over the United States and from more than 40 countries around the world.

Twenty-one residence halls, considered by many to be the best in Missouri, and 10 dining facilities give students many choices. Students with similar interests or majors may be grouped in themed learning communities. A modern recreation center and a one-of-a-kind aquatic center are available to students, along with more than 180 social,

Available Transfer Pathways:

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Computer Network Systems Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (Electrical & Control)
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