On March 22, 2023, Southeast Missouri State University will turn 150 years old and kick off its sesquicentennial celebration year.

How do you measure the life of a university? In its 150 years, Southeast has educated and awarded degrees to more than 90,000 students. That’s 90,000 people who have gone on to be the doctors, nurses, teachers, CEOs, and leaders of their communities. 

When Southeast began as the Third District Normal School in 1873, it had five faculty members and 57 students. To say things have changed is an understatement. Today, Southeast offers 149 undergraduate degrees and 44 graduate degrees. The academic programs hold some of the most renowned national and international accreditations and designations. SEMO serves nearly 10,000 students on four campuses and a delivery site as well as online. Southeast has students and alumni from all 50 states and 108 countries.


The constant during our 150-year history is the institution’s commitment to providing valuable education at an affordable cost so students can launch extraordinary careers. The power of Southeast Missouri State is the transformational educational experience it brings not only to its students but also to their families, their communities. And, we’re just getting started.

We’ll be sharing information about the history of SEMO and memories from our alumni throughout our anniversary year. We hope you’ll be able to join us on campus for some of the events and celebrations.

We're Celebrating 150 Years!

A milestone like this is a long time coming, so we've got a lot happening to celebrate. Find out about big moments in Southeast's history in our sesquecentennial timline and participate in special events all year long.