Southeast Missouri State University: Narrative Description

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One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
Tel: (573)651-2000
Admissions: (573)651-2590
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1873. Setting: 693-acre small town campus with easy access to St. Louis. Endowment: $33.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $411,394. Educational spending 2003-04: $5694 per student. Total enrollment: 9,618. Faculty: 516 (388 full-time, 128 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,903 applied, 91% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 66% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 37 valedictorians. Students come from 39 states and territories, 35 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 18% 25 or older, 28% live on campus. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: 10/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4554 full-time, $151.80 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8139 full-time, $267.30 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $321 full-time, $10.70 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $5317. College room only: $3335. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 14 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Residence Hall Association, Marketing Club, Student Activities Council. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Homecoming Week, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,748 college housing spaces available; 2,400 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Kent Library with 411,992 books, 1.3 million microform titles, 2,781 serials, 9,400 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 1,022 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Cape Girardeau (population 35,800) was founded in 1793 as an Indian trading post. It is now a progressive industrial city. Commercial transportation is convenient; other community facilities include many churches, hospitals, shopping areas and a library. Part time employment is available.

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