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It’s the question on every student’s mind. You’re worried about meeting admission requirements, and then if you do, will you be able to afford it? What about scholarships ... and financial aid?
Just breathe. The college search journey is a big process, but at Southeast, we want you to know two things:
1) If you’re interested in Southeast, we want you to apply. Period.
2) We’re committed to offering an affordable education to anyone who wants to pursue it.
There’s a lot more to share about those two things, and we’re sure a lot more you want to explore, so let’s get started.
The process of applying to college should be easy for students and families, and for
high school guidance counselors.
Here is everything you need to know about applying to Southeast for Fall 2021.
Freshmen admission options apply to students who are currently in high school or who have graduated from high school but not yet earned college credit.
Southeast is a test-optional school, so you don’t need an ACT/SAT score to be admitted. You are eligible for admission to Southeast with a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA and the required high school core curriculum. You can self-report your academic record when you apply. But, even if you do not meet these requirements, we still want you to apply.
Official transcripts are required by June 1 for summer/fall enrollment or December 1 for spring enrollment.
|Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale||Superscored ACT||Superscored SAT (ERW+M)|
|2.75+||not required||not required|
|2.5+||and 19+||or 990+|
|not required||and 21+||or 1060+|
While you don’t need an ACT to be admitted to Southeast, if you take one, we think your score should represent when you did your very best. That’s why if you take the test multiple times, we’ll take your best subscores to create your superscore! This will maximize your scholarship eligibility .
Required 17 Units of High School Core Courses
Home-schooled students should submit the home-school transcript with each course listed by academic year and grade. A cumulative GPA is also required. The home-schooled educator should sign the official transcript. When course titles do not clearly reflect subject content, please include a description. Include an estimated graduation date. If your home school is using a transcript service, have the service send an official transcript. Please note that once a transcript is submitted, it is considered the official record of the student's completed work up to that date and cannot be resubmitted with modifications.
Students who have earned dual credit/early college credit in high school should apply as beginning freshman. You should apply for beginning freshman admission and meet the published deadlines to be considered for admission and scholarships. For information on how your dual credit/early college credit will transfer to Southeast, visit our transfer course equivalency page.
Students completing the Missouri Options Program must have a score of 500 on each of the five sections of the GED or a HiSET score of 15 or higher in each of the five subsections and an ACT of 18 or higher. Missouri Options students are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed. An official high school transcript and copy of GED/HSE scores must be submitted. Note: HSE admission criteria are subject to change.
GED recipients under the age of 21 must have a GED score of 2500 or higher and an ACT of 18 or higher. Students with GED scores are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed.
Missouri High School Equivalency (HSE) recipients under the age of 21 must have a HiSET score of 15 or higher in each of the five subsections and an ACT of 18 or higher. Students with a HSE are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed. Note: HSE admission criteria are subject to change.
Applicants who are non-traditional for the purpose of admission are 21 years of age or older, married, supporting a dependent child or a veteran with qualified armed forces active duty. Documentation is required. High school transcripts with proof of graduation or completion of the GED/HSE must be submitted.
GED recipients may enroll full time with a GED score of 2500 or higher. High school equivalency (HSE) recipients may enroll full time with a Missouri HiSET score of 15 or higher on each of the five subsections. High school graduates will be evaluated based on cumulative GPA and core curriculum to ensure academic preparedness. In addition, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for full-time enrollment.
Students who do not meet these guidelines will be restricted to part-time enrollment (9 credit hours) during their first semester. Regional campus students (Kennett or Sikeston) may utilize the fall semester Step Up Program to gain full-time enrollment. Students can also choose to apply to the Cape College Center.
There is also the possibility of credit for prior experience. More information is available on our Prior Learning Assessment page.
Have questions about Southeast Missouri State University? Watch a Q&A with our directors of Admissions and Student Financial Services on demand! Topics include:
/ Test-Optional Admission with 3.0 GPA
/ $0 Application Fee
/ Scholarships and Financial Aid
/ Free Application for Federal Student Aid
/ Viewing and Accepting Financial Aid Awards
/ Cost and Billing
/ Important Dates for the Upcoming Semester
This is your journey. You need to find the school that’s the right fit, that excels in the programs you want to study, and that helps you achieve your goals. At Southeast, we believe our personal support gives you confidence to exceed your potential.
Currently, Southeast has suspended on-campus visits due to the evolving nature of coronavirus (COVID-19). But there’s still plenty of resources for incoming freshmen on this page and at our new virtual campus visit experience!
An admission counselor is also ready to talk virtually to answer questions and provide you one-on-one guidance, or just a little reassurance on your college journey.
Once you have applied for admission, what's next? Follow these steps.
We’re passionate about helping students find the perfect college. While, for now, we can’t visit high schools or schedule campus visits, we’re still here through email, text, telephone, and online meetings to answer your questions about the college search process. So, while we may not be able to personally meet, you can still ask us about programs, financial aid, and so much more!
*Note: Admission to the University does not indicate admission to programs that have additional admission criteria and/or specific prerequisites. For information on admission to programs, refer to our Undergraduate Bulletin.