Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is a public institution in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The university was founded in 1873 as a normal school near the banks of the Mississippi River. SEMO now offers over 200 fields of study with both undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the eighth largest university in the state, serving over 11,000 students each year since the 2012 school year. The main campus is about 115 miles southeast of St. Louis and about 175 miles north of Memphis. The city of Cape Girardeau is a medium-sized city of almost 40,000 residents and is often considered a college town due to the size of the student population at SEMO. 

SEMO offers three paths toward obtaining a BSN, including traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. The nursing department was established in 1958 and began offering a BSN in 1968. The traditional BSN program is intended to be completed in five years, while the accelerated program may only take three semesters to complete for those with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. The RN to BSN program is offered online and gives registered nurses a flexible option for earning their BSN. The school also offers an MSN program with two tracks. Students may specialize in the Nurse Educator or Family Nurse Practitioner tracks. These programs are accredited by the CCNE.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students11,486
Student to Faculty Ratio20:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate75%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 11 91
Master's degree 2 9

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1915 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$206/credit
In State Students$206/credit
Out of State Students$391/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$270/credit
In State Students$270/credit
Out of State Students$504/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,270 $9,270 $17,595
ADN 70 $14,420 $14,420 $27,370
BSN 125 $25,750 $25,750 $48,875
FNP 50 $13,500 $13,500 $25,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of Southeast Missouri State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 36% $4,282
Other Federal Grant 4% $951
State Grant & Scholarships 37% $2,273
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 78% $4,975
Federal Student Loans 53% $5,526
Private Loans 3% $9,372


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,272
$30,001 to $48,000$10,177
$48,001 to $75,000$12,764
$75,001 to $110,000$15,587
Over $110,000$16,548

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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