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The fall semester early admission consideration and scholarship guarantee deadline is December 1. Submit your application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration. If you are planning to live on campus, submit your admission application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores (if taken) by November 1, as December 1 is also the first Priority Housing Deadline.

Recommended Application Deadlines:

Applications will be accepted after the below dates. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must first be admitted to Southeast. Upon admission, the financial aid award process can take four to six weeks to complete, provided your FAFSA has been submitted to Southeast.

  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring - November 1
  • Summer - May 1

Beginning Freshman Admission Guidelines - Fall 2019

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. 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.

ACT/SAT and GPA Admission Options

ACT Composite or Superscore* SAT (ERW+M) or Superscore* Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale
21+ or 1060+ and 2.0+
19+ or 980+ and 2.5+
18 or 940+ and 2.75+
<18 or No ACT or <940 or No SAT and 3.5+

*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.

Converting a High School GPA to a 4.0 Scale:

If your school does not grade on a 4.0 scale, convert your GPA to a 4.0 equivalent by multiplying your GPA by four and dividing that number by the scale your school uses. For example, if you have a 9.5 GPA on an 11.0 scale, your converted GPA equivalent is 3.45, because (9.5 × 4) ÷ 11 = 3.45.

Southeast Missouri State University ACT Superscore Calculator
Southeast Missouri State University SAT Superscore Calculator

Required 17 Units of High School Core Courses

English 4 units (two emphasizing composition or writing skills; composition, English I-IV, literature and one unit of speech or debate acceptable)
Mathematics 3 units (Algebra I, Algebra II/Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Math Analysis acceptable)
Social Studies 3 units (one unit of American history and one semester of government required; contemporary issues, business law, economics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, world history also acceptable)
Science 3 units (general science does not count; select from physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, astronomy, environmental science, earth science or anatomy & physiology; one must be a laboratory course)
Visual/Performing Arts 1 unit (art, dance, music, or theatre)
Additional 3 units (foreign language and/or combination from the above areas)

If you have any questions about what classes count as core units, please contact your admission counselor.

Information for Students Who Have Earned Dual Credit

Students who have earned dual credit/early college credit in high school should apply as beginning freshman. If you paid the application fee as a Southeast dual credit/early college credit student, you won't pay it again. 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 site.

Information for Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students should submit the home-school transcript with each course listed by academic year and graded. 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 completion/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.

Information for Missouri Options Students

Students completing the Missouri Options Program must have a score of 500 on each of the five sections of the GED and an ACT of 18 or higher. An official high school transcript and copy of GED scores must be submitted.

Missouri HSE recipients 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.

Non-traditional Student Admission

Applicants who are non-traditional for the purpose of admission are 21 years of age or older, married, supporting a dependent child, or is a veteran with qualified armed force active duty. Documentation is required. High school transcripts with proof of graduation or completion of GED/HSE must be submitted.

Beginning Freshman Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Take the ACT or SAT. In addition to their use in making admission decisions for certain students, subscores are used for course placement in English and math.
  • Submit the online Application for Admission and the non-refundable $30 fee.
  • Request that your high school counselor or principal submit a transcript showing your class rank, cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores and senior class schedule. Submit a final transcript showing high school graduation and successful completion of all coursework. You can download our High School Transcript Request Form to submit to your high school counselor or principal.

Send documents to:

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

Note: 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.

Step 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 – Recommended Housing Contract Completion Date
  • The University will use your preference information to make room and roommate assignments in July.

Step 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.

Step 4: 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.


Academic Hall 100D
Office of Admissions
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701