Today's students, more than ever before, need to be able to function effectively in a society that includes people from groups with distinct characteristics.

Diversity, in all its manifestations, enriches an educational experience, enhances students’ personal life, and prepares students for successful careers in the domestic and global economy.

Southeast Missouri State University remains committed to being a campus community where individuals from all backgrounds feel welcomed, respected and included; and where the campus community engages in best practices to promote cultural competence and inclusion in all aspects of its work.

Diversity Events

  • Black History Month

    We at Southeast are proud to celebrate Black History Month. There are several activities presented in order to involve and perhaps educate our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • MLK Dinner

    Each year, we commemorate and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with the MLK Dinner, featuring musical performances; an MLK Tribute video; presentations from University leaders and students; and, a compelling and distinguished keynote speaker.
  • Hispanic Heritage

    National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. It’s a four-week on-campus celebration with speakers, activities, and opportunities to converse and learn.
  • Carpe Diem

    Southeast is the proud home of students, faculty, and staff from nearly 60 countries. Each year, we celebrate our international diversity with Carpe Diem, a celebration designed to showcase the people and the cultures of the countries represented here, and to give us all a better, more sophisticated understanding of the world around us.

Groups and Resources

  • Black Faculty and Staff Alliance

    The Black Faculty and Staff Alliance furthers the success and advancement of black faculty, staff and students through various initiatives on campus. The BFSA was started in the fall of 2016 and founded to provide a voice for the University's African-American faculty and staff.
  • LGBTQ+EA

    The LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance provides the opportunity for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees at Southeast to meet and connect with one another, as well as sponsor activities and programs that educate and inform, promote LGBTQ+ interests, and build unity among the community and their allies.
  • Religion and Faith

    Religious identity and faith development can be an important part of the Southeast experience, informing how you understand and engage with the world. Find opportunities to foster fellowship and nurture spiritual growth at one of the local churches or religious centers around Cape Girardeau.
  • Diversity Peer Educator

    The Diversity Peer Educators at Southeast are a coalition, committed to educating students in the region about tolerance, difference and culture through innovative programming, team building exercises, and controversial conversations.

Who We Are

The African American experience at Southeast Missouri State University began more than 40 years ago with the enrollment of Roberta Slayton and Helen Carter. Both women were admitted after the Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. the Board of Education. 

Since that time, African-American students have continued to excel, through times of challenge and adversity. Their experience is a significant part of the Southeast culture that has enriched the campus and Cape Girardeau communities.

African American students created a community and developed rituals embraced by the entire campus. Our students and graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in all fields; education, entertainment, business, sports, the media to name a few. Their beginnings were here and their efforts paved the way for future generations of Southeast graduates.

Campus Demographics

Southeast strives to be a community which values diversity in all its forms. Every office and each department is dedicated to creating an environment which is not only representative of the diverse groups within our community, but is reflective of the diversity within our state.

Spring 2021 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2020 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Spring 2020 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Report
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2019 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Spring 2019 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2018 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Spring 2018 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2017 4-Week Census Reports

  • Three Year-Enrollment Reports
  • Class Status by Gender
  • Ethnicity by Gender
  • Undergraduate Enrollment by Major
  • Graduate Enrollment by Major

Enrollment, retention, and academic offerings (Fall 2020)

  • Undergraduate enrollment is 8,929 and graduate enrollment is 1,072.
  • Enrollment included 525 undergraduate transfer students.
  • The student population is 61.5% female and 38.5% male.
  • The student population includes 8.4% Black/African American, 2.3% Hispanic, and 3.4% students from other minority ethnic groups.
  • The five-year average incoming freshmen class size is 1,647 students.
  • The average ACT score is 22.39 and the average cumulative GPA is 3.54 for full-time freshmen.
  • The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is 80%.
  • The average age of undergraduate students is 22.
  • The four-year graduation rate is 39.4%; five-year 49.7%; and six year 50.6%.
  • Southeast offers more than 200 areas of study.
  • Over 1,550 courses are offered each semester.
  • More than 350 courses are offered online.
  • Southeast offers a wide variety of study-abroad options in more than 35 countries.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1.

Campus life and athletics (Academic Year 2019)

  • 77% of the students are from Missouri.
  • Out-of-state students represent almost all 50 states, with the largest out-of-state representation being from Illinois.
  • There are 475 international students from 55 different countries studying at Southeast.
  • 66% of students are using University Career Services.
  • The residential student body is approximately 22%.
  • More than 40% of undergraduate students are active members of a student organization and more than 1,000 of these students are in a direct student leadership position or participating in a University leadership development program.
  • Students may choose from 10 residence halls and 9 dining venues.
  • There are more than 238 student organizations.
  • 16% of students are members of Greek social fraternities and sororities.
  • The Student Recreation Center and the Student Aquatic Center are available for students.
  • More than 5,000 students participate in intramural sports or sports clubs.
  • Southeast competes in NCAA Division I, Ohio Valley Conference athletics. Southeast's mascot is Rowdy the Redhawk, and the campus colors are red and black.
  • Women's sports are basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track (indoor/outdoor), and volleyball. There are 159 female athletes.
  • Men's sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and track (indoor/outdoor). There are 204 male athletes.
  • 569 students participated in dance, music, and theatre events and productions.
Location
Office
Academic Hall 010 - 011
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701