Southeast Missouri State University encourages home-schooled students to apply. The fall semester Early Admission Consideration and Scholarship Guarantee Deadline is December 1. You are encouraged to submit your application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration. A GED score is not required for admission. If you are planning to live on campus, you will want to submit your admission application, application fee, transcripts and test scores by November 1, as December 1 is also the first Priority Housing Deadline.
Applications will be accepted after the below dates. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must first be admitted to Southeast. Upon admission, the financial aid award process can take four to six weeks to complete, provided your FAFSA has been submitted to Southeast.
- Fall - July 1
- Spring - November 1
- Summer - May 1
Beginning Freshman Admission Guidelines - Fall 2014
A traditional beginning freshman applicant is evaluated on ACT/SAT score, high school/home school cumulative grade point average (GPA) and high school/home school core curriculum courses. Students who may not be ready for Southeast’s academic challenge are given several options to consider, including possible transfer to Southeast in the future.
|ACT Composite||SAT (CR+M)||Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale|
|21||or 980||and 2.00|
|20||or 940||and 2.50|
|19||or 900||and 2.50|
|18||or 860||and 2.75|
Required 17 Units of High School/Home School Core Courses
4 units (two emphasizing composition or writing skills; composition, English I-IV, literature and one unit of speech or debate acceptable)
3 units (Algebra I, Algebra II/Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Math Analysis acceptable)
3 units (one unit of American history and one semester of government required; contemporary issues, business law, economics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, world history also acceptable)
3 units (not including general science; select from physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, astronomy, environmental science, earth science or anatomy & physiology; one must be a laboratory course)
1 unit (art, dance, music, or theatre)
3 units (foreign language and/or combination from the above areas)
Information for students who have earned dual credit
Students who have earned dual credit/early college credit should apply as beginning freshman. If dual credit/early college credit was earned at Southeast, you have already paid the application fee, but you do need to apply for beginning freshman admission and meet the published deadlines to be considered for admission and scholarships.
Home-Schooled Students Steps to Enrollment
Step 1: Apply for Admission
- Take the ACT or SAT and have the scores sent to Southeast. In addition to their use in admission decisions, subscores are used for course placement in English and math.
- Submit the Application for Admission and include the non-refundable $30 fee.
- Submit home-school transcripts.
- Home-schooling transcripts should include each course listed by academic year and graded (or listed as “in progress”). In addition, please list if each course is a half unit (half year) or full unit (full year). Sixth or seventh semester transcripts are required for admission to the university.
- If a course title does not clearly reflect the subject content, home-schooled educators should include a description of the course.
- Transcripts must have a cumulative GPA.
- Transcripts may be typed or hand written; however, if you are using a transcript service, have the service send an official transcript.
- The home-school educator should sign the official transcript.
- Transcripts must include an estimated completion or graduation date. A final transcript must be submitted showing graduation date and successful completion of all coursework.
Most home-schooled students who have been admitted to Southeast have followed a varied curriculum. We evaluate all home-schooled student application materials on the same criteria, and special consideration is not given to students who have completed any specific approach to home-schooling.
Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
Note: Please allow 7-10 days for application processing and transcript evaluation. Admission to the University does not indicate admission to programs that have additional admission criteria and/or specific prerequisites.
Step 2: Submit Housing Contract
- Upon admission to Southeast, you may complete the Contract for University Housing online via the My Southeast admitted student portal. A $150 housing deposit is required at the time of submission.
- All full-time Southeast students live on campus for the first two years unless exemption criteria are met.
- Complete your Housing Contract as soon as possible.
- December 1 – Recommended Housing Contract Completion Date
- The University will use your preference information to make room and roommate assignments in July.
Step 3: Register for First STEP Orientation
- First STEP orientation is a one-day program required for all beginning freshmen. During First STEP, you will learn about class offerings, register for classes and learn about financial aid, housing and student life at Southeast.
- First STEP information will be included in your admission packet. You may reserve your date online.
Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid
- You and a parent (if you are a dependent student) should apply for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PIN. The PIN serves as your identifier to let you electronically submit your FAFSA.
- Obtain a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Worksheet from your high school guidance office or online and complete the FAFSA.
- March 1 is Southeast’s Priority Financial Aid Deadline. Applying for financial aid by March 1 will improve your chances of receiving federal and institutional grant funds, low-interest loans, Federal Work Study, and financial aid from the state of Missouri.
- Financial aid awards will be emailed to your Southeast email account in April.
Home-schooled students who are traditional incoming freshmen will be considered for all Academic Scholarships. As a reminder, applications for admission must be submitted by December 1 for the Governor’s, Regents' and President’s Scholarships. March 1 is the application deadline for all other Academic Scholarships.