Ready to become a redhawk? We think so!

Starting college involves preparation. At Southeast, we will assist you every step of the way. An admission counselor is available to provide one-on-one guidance throughout the process.

dates to know

We're excited you're here, future Redhawk! Here are some important dates you need to know:

November 1: Suggested application date to meet the recommended housing contract completion date of December 1.

December 1: Early admission consideration and scholarship guarantee deadline.

January 15: Recommended FAFSA completion date.

March 1: Deadline for Residence Life Leadership Award and Copper Dome Scholarships as funds allow.

To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must first be admitted to Southeast. Once admitted, the financial aid award process can take four to six weeks to complete.

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Application Checklist

To be considered for admission, submit these items:

  • Application for Admission
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official ACT or SAT (optional). In addition to their use in making admission and scholarship decisions for certain students, subscores are used for course placement in English and math.
  • Official 6th or 7th semester high school transcript showing class rank, cumulative GPA, senior class schedule, and ACT/SAT scores (optional). After graduation, a final transcript is also required. You can download our High School Transcript Request Form to submit to your high school counselor or principal.

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.

admission guidelines

A traditional beginning freshman applicant is evaluated on ACT/SAT score (if taken), high school cumulative grade point average (GPA), class rank, and high school core curriculum courses. We offer test optional admissions and superscore* the ACT and SAT.

Fall 2020 Criteria

Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale ACT Composite or Superscore* SAT (ERW+M) or Superscore*
3.5+ and No ACT or <18 or No SAT or <960
2.75+ and 18+ or 960+
2.5+ and 19+ or 990+
2.0+ and 21+ or 1060+

View Fall 2019 admission criteria.

*The ACT superscore is a composite of a student's highest english, math, reading, and science subscores, regardles of test date. The SAT superscore is the total of a student's highest ERW and math subscores, regardless of test date.

Note: Admission procedures are subject to change at any time.

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. For more information, visit our alternative admission options page.

Southeast Missouri State University ACT Superscore Calculator

If you are from one of the below student populations, click to read more about admission guidelines.

cost and scholarships

We want to invest in you. Southeast is one of the most accredited and one of the most affordable institutions in Missouri, plus we award over 1,500 endowed scholarships each year. Our new Copper Dome Scholarship program even provides progressive values, so your scholarship grows with you!

next steps

Once you have applied for admission, what's next? Follow these steps.

  1. Apply for Financial Aid
    • You and a parent (if you are a dependent student) should create an FSA ID. The FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information online and allows a parent of a dependent student to sign a child's FAFSA electronically.
    • Obtain a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Worksheet from your high school counselor office or online and complete the FAFSA.
    • Complete the FAFSA by January 15 to meet Southeast's priority processing deadline of February 1. This 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.
    • You are automatically considered for Academic and Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships.
    • Financial aid award information will be emailed to your Southeast email account in mid-December.
  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 is the recommended housing contract completion date.
    • Learn more about the room and roommate selection process.
  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.

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.

Admissions Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Phone: (573) 651-2590
Fax: (573) 651-5936

Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4710