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SEMO Gets Statewide Mission Designation

Southeast Missouri State University now has a statewide mission in the areas of computer science, cybersecurity, and visual and performing arts! The statewide mission was signed into law by Missouri’s Governor on July 13. To receive the designation, the University had to offer programs of unusual strength, supported by receipt of national, discipline-specific accreditations or independent certifications for meeting national or state standards.

Southeast’s programs are leaders in their fields. The River Campus, housing our visual and performing arts programs, is Missouri’s only campus dedicated to art, dance, music, and theatre, and Southeast is the only university in the state to have all four of those areas accredited. While Southeast has offered computer science education for more than half a century, it was first in the state to offer a cybersecurity degree. Both programs are ABET-accredited, and cybersecurity is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

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Do More Without Paying More

At Southeast, we know the value of a college education. And, we think everyone should be able to afford that value. It’s the reason we designed a scholarship program where 70% of our students are eligible. It’s why we don’t have an application fee. It’s why we’re test optional. It’s why we created our Will To Do Award, so eligible Pell students would pay $0 in tuition and fees.

And, if you’re thinking that all sounds too good to be true, Southeast is living proof that high quality doesn’t have to mean high cost. While our tuition is lower than the national average, you’ll find we’re still one of Missouri’s most accredited institutions.

  • Our academic programs are groundbreaking (first cybersecurity degree in Missouri).
  • They’re innovative (Missouri’s only campus dedicated to art, dance, music, and theatre).
  • They’re sought-after (our nurses have a 100% licensure pass rate, our teachers have a 98% job placement rate, and our accountants are hired by some of the largest firms in the nation).

That quality combined with abundant real-world learning opportunities mean you start building your resume almost as soon as you set foot on campus and you’re career-ready when you leave campus. SEMO doesn’t want to just be affordable or just be high quality. We want to be a smart investment, so you launch an extraordinary career and can excel on day one.


The Will To Do

We give everything we’ve got and earn everything we get. Because progress isn’t promised to anybody. It will be made by those with the courage to question. The hunger to know. And the will to do.

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