Fast Facts

Founded in 1873


  • Southeast’s main campus and River Campus are located in Cape Girardeau, MO.
  • Regional campuses are located in Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett.
  • Southeast offers a delivery site in Poplar Bluff, MO on the Three Rivers College campus.
  • The population of Cape Girardeau County is approximately 78,000.
  • The size of the main campus is 328 acres.

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

  • Undergraduate enrollment is 10,458; graduate enrollment is 1,044.
  • Student population is 58% female/42% male.
  • Multicultural population percentage is 13%. The percentage increases to 18% when including international students.
  • There are 742 international students from 52 different countries studying at Southeast.
  • 80% of the undergraduate students are from Missouri. nonresident students represent almost all 50 states, with the largest nonresident representation being from Illinois.
  • Average age of undergraduate students is 21.
  • Residential student body is approximately 3,000.

Academics (Fall 2017)

  • The average ACT score is 23 and the average cumulative GPA is 3.5 for full-time freshmen.
  • The average freshmen class size is 30-35 students.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 20-to-1.
  • Southeast offers 145+ undergraduate majors, 100+ undergraduate certificates and minors and 75+ graduate programs.
  • Over 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 75%.
  • The average four-year graduation rate is 30%; five-year 44%; and six year 52%.
  • 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, University Studies & Academic Information Services, and Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Campus Life

  • Students may choose from 21 residence halls and 10 dining venues.
  • There are more than 180 student organizations
  • 14% of students are members of Greek social fraternities and sororities.
  • More than 5,000 students participate in intramural sports or sports clubs.
  • A student recreation center with a resort quality aquatic center is available to students.


  • As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) since 1991-92 Southeast has been remarkably successful in Division I competition.
  • Southeast has claimed 53 OVC regular-season titles and 18 OVC tournament titles as well as having eight teams make NCAA Division I tournament appearances.
  • Men’s athletics include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and indoor and outdoor track.
  • Women’s athletics include basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, softball, tennis and volleyball.


Dearmont C Wing
Office of Institutional Research
One University Plaza, MS 2025
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701