Southeast Missouri State University is located in Cape Girardeau, a growing city of more than 38,000 inhabitants and a place of genuine historic interest. It is one of the oldest towns in the state, having been founded in 1793 by Don Louis Lorimier. Under Spanish dominion it was an important military and trading post. For a century it has been an education center. Its civic and industrial development gives Cape Girardeau a desirable place among the progressive cities of the state.
Interstate 55 links Cape with St. Louis just two hours to the north and with Memphis three hours to the south. Interstate 57 is just across the river and provides easy access from southern Illinois and western Kentucky. Cape Girardeau has an airport with several daily connection flights from and to the international airport in St. Louis.
The neat, historic and pleasant city of Cape Girardeau provides an ideal studying and living environment for its nearly 10,000 students. The friendly and peaceful campus environment, as well as the beautiful surrounding area, create an optimal ambience to obtain valuable knowledge, succeed in graduate studies as well as to fully enjoy student life outside the university. Besides numerous restaurants, bars, and stores in Cape Girardeau’s downtown and along its riverfront, the city offers movie theatres, shopping malls, parks, outside and indoor recreation facilities, libraries and much more - basically everything that is needed to facilitate studies and make student life an unforgettable experience. Our graduate students are impressed in particular by the safe, neat and inexpensive living environment. Southeast Missouri State University's campus crime rate along with the overall crime rate in Cape Girardeau is one of the lowest within the country.