Home-Schooled Students

Southeast Missouri State University encourages home-schooled students to apply. The fall semester early admission consideration and scholarship guarantee deadline is December 1. You are encouraged to submit your application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration. GED/HSE scores are not required for admission. 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.

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/home school cumulative grade point average (GPA) and high school/home 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.

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.

Southeast Missouri State University ACT Superscore Calculator

Southeast Missouri State University SAT Superscore Calculator

Required 17 Units of High School/Home 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 (not including general science; 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 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 Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Take the ACT or SAT and have the scores sent to Southeast. In addition to their use in making admission decisions for certain students, subscores are used for course placement in English and math.
  • Submit the Application for Admission and pay the non-refundable $30 fee.
  • Submit home-school transcripts.
    Transcript requirements:
    1. Home-school transcripts should include each course listed by academic year and graded (or listed as “in progress”). In addition, please list if each course is a half unit (half year) or full unit (full year). Sixth or seventh semester transcripts are required for admission to the university.
    2. If a course title does not clearly reflect the subject content, home-schooled educators should include a description of the course.
    3. Transcripts must have a cumulative GPA.
    4. Transcripts may be typed or hand written; however, if you are using a transcript service, have the service send an official transcript.
    5. The home-school educator should sign the official transcript.
    6. Transcripts must include an estimated completion or graduation date. A final transcript must be submitted showing graduation date and successful completion of all coursework.
    7. Once a transcript is submitted, it is considered the official record of the student's work up to that date and cannot be resubmitted with modifications.

Most home-schooled students who have been admitted to Southeast have followed a varied curriculum. We evaluate all home-schooled student application materials on the same criteria, and special consideration is not given to students who have completed any specific approach to home-schooling.

Send documents to:
Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
MS 3550
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.

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 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 will automatically be considered for Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships.
  • Financial aid awards will be emailed to your Southeast email account in mid-December.


Home-schooled students are considered for all Academic Scholarships


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