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Freshman Admissions

 Will I Get In?

It’s the question on every student’s mind. You’re worried about meeting admission requirements, and then if you do, will you be able to afford it? What about scholarships ... and financial aid?

Just breathe. The college search journey is a big process, but at Southeast, we want you to know two things:

1) If you’re interested in Southeast, we want you to apply. Period.
2) We’re committed to offering an affordable education to anyone who wants to pursue it.

There’s a lot more to share about those two things, and we’re sure a lot more you want to explore, so let’s get started.

 Freshman Application Process

The process of applying to college should be easy for students and families, and for high school guidance counselors.
Here is everything you need to know about applying to Southeast for Fall 2021.

 Freshmen Admission Options

Freshmen admission options apply to students who are currently in high school or who have graduated from high school but not yet earned college credit.

We're Test-Optional!

Southeast is a test-optional school, so you don’t need an ACT/SAT score to be admitted. You will be admitted to Southeast with a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA and the required high school core curriculum. You can self-report your academic record when you apply. If you do not meet these requirements, we still want you to apply.

Official transcripts are required by June 1 for summer/fall enrollment or December 1 for spring enrollment.

Cumulative HS GPA on a 4.0 Scale Superscored ACT Superscored SAT (ERW+M)
2.75+ not required not required
2.5+ and 19+ or 990+
not required and 21+ or 1060+

Regardless of your scores, apply today and Southeast will do a holistic review and share information on a variety of admission options. Just send us an official high school transcript, and we’ll work to select the best admissions option for you.

We Superscore!

While you don’t need an ACT to be admitted to Southeast, if you take one, we think your score should represent when you did your very best. That’s why if you take the test multiple times, we’ll take your best subscores to create your superscore! This will maximize your scholarship eligibility .

Southeast Missouri State University ACT Superscore Calculator

Required 17 Units of High 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 (general science does not count; 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)

Home-schooled students should submit the home-school transcript with each course listed by academic year and grade. A cumulative GPA is also required. The home-schooled educator should sign the official transcript. When course titles do not clearly reflect subject content, please include a description. Include an estimated graduation date. If your home school is using a transcript service, have the service send an official transcript. Please note that once a transcript is submitted, it is considered the official record of the student's completed work up to that date and cannot be resubmitted with modifications.

Students who have earned dual credit/early college credit in high school should apply as beginning freshman. 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 page.

Students completing the Missouri Options Program must have a score of 500 on each of the five sections of the GED or a HiSET score of 15 or higher in each of the five subsections and an ACT of 18 or higher. Missouri Options students are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed. An official high school transcript and copy of GED/HSE scores must be submitted. Note: HSE admission criteria are subject to change.

GED recipients must have a GED score of 2500 or higher. Students with GED scores are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed.

Missouri High School Equivalency (HSE) recipients must have a HiSET score of 15 or higher in each of the five subsections. Students with a HSE are not allowed to enroll in classes until after the date of their high school graduation has passed. Note: HSE admission criteria are subject to change.

Applicants who are non-traditional for the purpose of admission are 21 years of age or older, married, supporting a dependent child or a veteran with qualified armed forces active duty. Documentation is required. High school transcripts with proof of graduation or completion of the GED/HSE must be submitted.

GED recipients may enroll full time with a GED score of 2500 or higher. High school equivalency (HSE) recipients may enroll full time with a Missouri HiSET score of 15 or higher on each of the five subsections. High school graduates will be evaluated based on cumulative GPA and core curriculum to ensure academic preparedness. In addition, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for full-time enrollment.

Students who do not meet these guidelines will be restricted to part-time enrollment (9 credit hours) during their first semester. Regional campus students (Kennett or Sikeston) may utilize the fall semester Step Up Program to gain full-time enrollment. Students can also choose to apply to the Cape College Center.

There is also the possibility of credit for prior experience. More information is available on our Prior Learning Assessment page.

 Cost and Scholarships

We want to invest in you. Our new Copper Dome Scholarship and Will To Do Award programs, combined with affordable tuition rates makes Southeast one of the most affordable universities in Missouri.

 We Want to Get to Know You

This is your journey. You need to find the school that’s the right fit, that excels in the programs you want to study, and that helps you achieve your goals. At Southeast, we believe our personal support gives you confidence to exceed your potential.

An admission counselor is also ready to talk virtually to answer questions and provide you one-on-one guidance, or just a little reassurance on your college journey.

 Next Steps

Once you have applied for admission, what's next? Follow these steps.


  • If you haven’t yet, 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.
  • Complete the FAFSA by January 15 to meet Southeast's recommended processing date of February 1. This will improve your chances of receiving federal grant funds, Federal Work Study, and financial aid from the state of Missouri.
  • Financial aid award information will be emailed to your Southeast email account in mid-December.
  • Visit our Veterans and Military Services site for information on using veterans benefits.
  • All full-time Southeast students live on campus for the first two years unless exemption criteria are met.
  • After you’re admitted 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.
  • Complete your housing contract as soon as possible. December 1 is the priority housing contract completion date .
  • Learn more about the room and roommate selection process.
  • 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.

 Talk to the Admissions Team

We’re passionate about helping students find the perfect college. While, for now, we can’t visit high schools or schedule campus visits, we’re still here through email, text, telephone, and online meetings to answer your questions about the college search process. So, while we may not be able to personally meet, you can still ask us about programs, financial aid, and so much more!

Lenell Hahn

Director of Admissions
W: (573) 986-6012
M: (573) 275-4366

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Brooke Lockhart

Assistant Director of Admissions

Cape Girardeau County, Home-Schooled, GED/HSE, and Non-Traditional
W: (573) 651-2957
M: (573) 275-4409

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Tameka Herrion

Director of Office of College Planning
W: (573) 388-6206

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Rachel Woodworth

Admission Counselor

Northern, Central, and Metro Illinois
W: (573) 651-2844
M: (573) 275-4414

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Emily Sachs

Admission Counselor

St. Louis County and St. Charles County
W: (573) 651-2587
M: (573) 271-0017

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Amber Sumner

Admission Counselor

Transfer and Returning
W: (573) 651-5942
M: (573) 275-1010

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Devin Cox

Admission Counselor

St. Louis City, East St. Louis Illinois, and Northern Missouri
W: (573) 651-5948
M: (573) 275-4408

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Darian Norfleet

Admission Counselor

Southeast Missouri, Northeast Arkansas, Western Kentucky, and Western Tennessee
W: (573) 651-5089
M: (573) 275-4348

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Lindsay Smoot

Admission Counselor

East Central Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Southwestern Indiana
W: (573) 651-5947
M: (573) 275-8897

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Rachel Piroutek

Admission Counselor

Kansas City, Southwestern Missouri, Central Missouri, Chicago, and Out-of-State
W: (573) 651-2969
M: (573) 275-4396

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*Note: Admission to the University does not indicate admission to programs that have additional admission criteria and/or specific prerequisites. For information on admission to programs, refer to our Undergraduate Bulletin

Admissions Office Contact

Office of Admissions
Phone: (573) 651-2590
Fax: (573) 651-5936
Meet the Staff

Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4710


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