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The fall semester early admission consideration and scholarship deadline is December 1. You are encouraged to submit your application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration. If you are planning to live on campus, you will want to submit your admission application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores by November 1, as December 1 is also the first Priority Housing Deadline.
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.
A traditional beginning freshman applicant is evaluated on ACT/SAT score, 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 Composite||SAT (ERW+M)||Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale|
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
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.