Founded in 1873


  • Southeast’s main campus and River Campus are located in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Regional campuses are located in Sikeston, Malden, Kennett and Perryville.
  • The population of Cape Girardeau County is approximately 77,000.
  • The size of the main campus is 328 acres.

Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • Undergraduate enrollment is 10,848; graduate enrollment is 1,239.
  • Student population is 57% female/43% male.
  • Multicultural population percentage is 16%. The percentage increases to 24% when including international students.
  • There are 1061 international students from 56 different countries studying at Southeast.
  • 77.8% of the students are from Missouri. Out-of-state students represent almost all 50 states, with the largest out-of-state representation being from Illinois.
  • Average age of undergraduate students is 22.
  • Residential student body is approximately 3,000.
  • Ratio of women to men is 1.3:1.

Academics (Fall 2014)

  • The average ACT score is 23 and the average cumulative GPA is 3.4 for full-time freshmen.
  • The average freshmen class size is 30-35 students.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 21-to-1.
  • Southeast offers more than 200 areas of study.
  • Approximately 1,500 courses offered each semester
  • More than 250 online courses are offered
  • Southeast offers more than 30 study-abroad options.
  • The average freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is 72.7%.
  • The average four-year graduation rate is 29.0%; five-year 43.7%; and six year 51.2%.
  • The vast majority of courses are taught by full-time faculty with doctoral degrees.

Colleges and Schools

  • Southeast has five academic colleges: Donald L. Harrison College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science, Technology and Agriculture.
  • Southeast has four schools: School of Extended Learning, School of Graduate Studies,  School of University Studies & Academic Information Services, and Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Donald L. Harrison College of Business

  • 90% of Graduates find jobs within one year of graduation.
  • Four minors in entrepreneurship.
  • St. Louis Interview Days recruiting event attracts more than 35 employers from the greater St. Louis region annually.

College of Health and Human Services

  • Nursing students pass their licensure exams at consistently high rates.
  • Nursing also offers an RN-to-BSN program online and a master’s degree.
  • Criminal justice majors also enjoy high rates of employment.

College of Science, Technology and Agriculture

  • Southeast was the first in Missouri to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.
  • Pre-med graduates are accepted to medical schools at a rate that is higher than the national average.
  • Students in many of the science disciplines enjoy a nearly 100 percent placement rate.
  • The Department of Mathematics offers a program in actuarial science.

College of Liberal Arts

  • 950-seat performance hall.
  • 180-bed living area.
  • Consists of seven departments including English and History.
  • Variety of opportunities for mass media students to get involved with the community and gain work experience.

Campus Life

  • Students may choose from 13 residence halls and nine dining venues.
  • There are more than 150 student organizations
  • 13% of students are members of Greek social fraternities and sororities.
  • More than 2,500 students participate in intramural sports or sports clubs.
  • Two recreation centers and the Student Aquatic Center are available for students.


  • Southeast competes in NCAA Division I, Ohio Valley Conference athletics.
  • Men’s sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track (indoor/outdoor).
  • Women’s sports are basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track (indoor/outdoor) and volleyball.
  • Southeast’s mascot is Rowdy the Redhawk, and the school colors are red and black.
  • Redhawk student-athletes maintained a 3.15 cumulative GPA as a group in 2014-15, while also winning eight conference championships between the start of 2014 and May 2015
  • The Redhawk football team was the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season Champion.