We're more committed than ever to help you navigate college and stay on track to join us next semester! We have a variety of First STEP sessions that help promote your educational, career, professional, and social development while helping you understand your options and resources.

First STEP Schedule

Check-in for First STEP is in the University Center on the corner of Henderson St. and Normal Ave. Sessions take place in the University Center, Academic Hall, Kent Library, and various academic buildings. Parking for the event is available on Henderson St. in a variety of parking lots. Signage will indicate where to park. 

Time Details
Registration and Morning Pre-Sessions 
7:45 - 8:55 a.m. Check-In
8-9:00 a.m.


  • Honors Program Meeting
    • For eligible students
  • Academic Coaching Program Meetings
    • Required for students admitted into the program.
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:20 a.m. Academic Advising at Southeast: The Process, the Plan, and Your Southeast Schedule
Student Morning Schedule
10:20 a.m. Setting Expectations: College Isn't Like the Movies
10:50 a.m. Paying for College
11:20 a.m. Choose an Option:
  • Living on Campus
  • Navigating Campus as a Commuter
Family and Guest Morning Schedule
10:15 a.m. Providing Support to Your College Student
11:10 a.m. Orientation Leader Panel
Lunch Schedule
11:50 a.m. Lunch together: Students, Family and Guests
11:50 a.m.

Lunch Presentations for Students, Family and Guests

  • Professional Pilot Meeting (required for declared majors)
  • Business Learning Community 
  • Education Majors (required for all education majors)
12:00 p.m.  Q & A with Student Financial Services (optional)
Student Afternoon Schedule
12:50 p.m. Faculty Meetings

1:30 p.m. 
2:20 p.m.
3:10 p.m.

Students will be assigned a group based on declared major, placement data, and other factors and rotate together through afternoon sessions. All students will attend all three sessions: 

  • Begin with the End in Mind (Career Services and Campus Life)
  • Advising and Enrollment
  • Orientation Leader Rountable (Q&A, Technology Support & ID Photos)
Family and Guest Afternoon Schedule
1:05 p.m. Launching Careers
1:35 p.m. Financing a College Education
2:10 p.m. Health and Safety Panel
2:50 p.m. Choose an Option:
  • On-Campus Living
  • Off-Campus Living 
End of Day Sessions
As students return from advising or sessions end Info to Go Fair
Q & A with Student Financial Services
Q & A with Academic Advising
Campus Walking Tours
Honors Program Open House


The First STEP programs are held at the University Center on the corner of Henderson St. and Normal Ave. Please park in the lot on Broadway next to Pagliai's, the lot across from Vandiver Hall on Henderson St., or the visitor lot across from the University Center. A parking permit, along with a schedule of the day's events, will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before your reserved First STEP date. The following address will set your destination to our visitor parking lot: 373 N. Henderson, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.  

Virtual First STEP Orientation

A virtual option for First STEP Orientation is available where you can complete all the same processes from the comfort of your home! 

Southeast's fully virtual First STEP option is: 

  • Self-paced 
  • Completed through our campus learning management system, Canvas 
  • After completion of pre-advising module and activities, 1:1 virtual or phone advising appointments scheduled with a professional advisor through SupportNET 
  • The remaining required modules unlock after completion of advising 

Your schedule, instructions, and other additional details will be on your timeline after you register. 

  • First access to the virtual First STEP courses will be shared in mid June for students who register for this session by early June and on a rolling bi-weekly basis after. 

Don't Forget! 

  • FirstSTEP is an all-day program and you should plan to be on campus until 5 p.m. 
  • Students cannot complete a tryout, interview, or audition for an academic department, scholarship, or team on the same day as orientation. 
  • Be on time. Checking in late will delay your enrollment process. 
  • Display your parking pass as instructed. 
  • Bring a copy of any college credit that you have already received or are currently enrolled in. 
  • Virtual Orientation is self-paced, and will take several hours to complete, but can be done over several sittings.

Things to Remember 

Make sure your most current and highest test scores are on file with the Office of Admissions. You may wish to bring a copy of your most recent scores in case of any discrepancies. 

Check the deadlines for all tuition fees, residence hall room, and meal plan charges, and general fees. They should be paid in full, or you can enroll in the installment payment plan. If the University does not receive payment by the deadline, you risk having your class schedule, residence hall room assignment, and meal plan canceled. 

If you achieve at least a 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) high school cumulative GPA,  or have a 3.5 GPA and an ACT score of 27 or higher (or it's equivalent), you are automatically eligible for Southeast's Jane Stephens Honors Program. Information will be provided before your orientation date.  

You must submit your Housing Contract (with a $150 deposit) or a request for release from the on-campus residency requirement to the Office of Residence Life. 

Academic Hall 100D
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701