Welcome to Southeast. We're happy you are starting your college experience here. Follow the steps below to apply for admission as a first-year student at Southeast. We can't wait to see what you do!

Step 1: Email your supporting documents

To ensure efficiency and timely processing, please try to include all required documents in one email (per student) and provide the student's last name, first name and date of birth in the subject line.

Email international@semo.edu (or reply to the confirmation email you received after you submitted your online application) with a scanned copy of the following items:

  • Passport copy
    • Please include valid passport copies for all dependents listed on your application.
    • Passport must be valid at least six months beyond the intended program start date.
  • Academic transcripts (More Information)
    • Emailed transcripts are considered unofficial. Academic credential standards for transcripts to be official are detailed here. Please note that Transcripts must remain sealed as they were by the issuing educational institution. If your school does not seal their transcripts as a standard procedure, please request that they place your transcripts in a sealed envelope and stamp the outside flap with their school seal. Please do not open the envelope as this will void the transcripts. Please ensure you mail the transcripts by the deadline listed under Step 3 below.
  • If you have standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), please submit the official test scores for placement purposes in English and Mathematics. Lack of official test scores may require you to take a placement exam. Kindly note that unofficial ACT/SAT test scores cannot be used for placement.
    • Emailed test scores are considered unofficial. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and proof of finances (More Information)
    • Web-only students are not required to submit proof of finances.
  • Proof of English proficiency (or view other ways to demonstrate English Proficiency)
    • Emailed test scores are considered unofficial. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) for scholarship consideration (Optional) 
    • Emailed test scores are considered unofficial. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.  
    • If you have standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), please submit the official test scores for placement purposes in English and Mathematics. Lack of official test scores may require you to take a placement exam. Kindly note that unofficial ACT/SAT test scores cannot be used for placement.  
  • If you are studying in the US, please submit the SEVIS Visa Status Verification Form. This form is a verification of your visa status, and not a request to transfer your SEVIS record to us. Please note that 
    Southeast does NOT accept SEVIS record in terminated or completed status.

Step 2: Complete application

Submit your online application, and pay the application fee and submit all required documentation prior to the deadlines outlined here.

Step 3: MAIL YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Southeast can admit most first-time undergraduate and graduate applicants based on the submission of unofficial copies of their transcripts and test scores. However, official copies of all transcripts and test scores must be submitted prior to the deadlines listed below. Admitted students are not allowed to enroll in courses or claim scholarship benefits until all required official documents have been received and processed. Click here to learn more about our academic credential requirements and application deadlines.

Our office address is:

Office of International Education and Services
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Use this online tracker form and enter your tracking number to check if our office has received and reviewed your packet.

NOTE:

If you were admitted to SEMO before you received your final transcripts/certificate, you must mail to our office the official transcripts that you sent via email as well as your official final transcripts/certificates by the deadlines listed above.

Non-degree seeking students (example: visiting, IEP) are not required to mail your official transcripts.

The deadlines listed above are not applicable to transfer students. Transfer students must submit official transcripts for admission and transfer credit review.

To learn about out general admission criteria, including English proficiency standards, financial requirements, etc. please see our policies.

Returning students do not have to pay the $40 application fee or submit official transcripts from SEMO. All other requirements still apply. Please email international@semo.edu for specific requirements.

Step 4: English proficiency

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that your English language proficiency is adequate for admission. You can demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting any of the evidence below, as long as your proficiency was measured within two years of your program start date. Admitted students are not allowed to enroll in courses or claim scholarship benefits until all required official test scores have been received and processed. Emailed test scores are not considered official. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.

  1. Successful completion of Level 5 of Southeast’s IEP. IEP students with conditional admission seeking to matriculate to their academic programs must submit official test scores before 5 p.m. on the opening day of classes.
  2. English proficiency tests (official scores must be reported to Southeast Missouri State University):
    • TOEFL-minimum score of 61 iBT (examining minimum band scores)
    • IELTS-minimum overall band score of score of 5.5 (examining minimum band scores)
    • ITEP-minimum of 3.7
    • PTE Academic-minimum score of 45
    • Duolingo English Test-minimum score of 90
    • Kaplan International certified level Higher Intermediate
    • HOFT Institute Level 5
  3. Diploma from a U.S. high school (other proof may be required if courses on transcript are listed as ESL)
  4. Diploma from an international school with U.S. regional accreditation (as verified by AdvancED)
  5. Diploma from IB curriculum school whose sole medium of instruction is English (as verified by IBO World Schools). If applicant went to an IB school with two or more languages of instruction, the applicant’s transcript must specify that their program was English language.
  6. Diploma from a non-U.S. high school/secondary education where English language is the sole medium of instruction. Student’s transcript must include three years of high school non-ESL English courses with C or better grades. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to verify the institution’s language of instruction.
  7. SAT test (2016 or later) score of 450 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
  8. A score of 21 or better Combined English/Writing score on the ACT Plus Writing test
  9. Successful completion of Level 112 in the ELS Language School
  10. Other proof of English proficiency may be considered on an individual basis.
Location
Office
1025 N. Sprigg
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701