Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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.


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio21:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate74%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 116
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 13

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Southeast Missouri State University

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
32.28 miles away
John A Logan Community College - Alongi Center
50.63 miles away
Pemiscot County Vocational School of Practical Nursing
75.84 miles away
The University of Tennessee-Martin
76.72 miles away
Murray State University
82.35 miles away
East St. Louis Community College Center
96.47 miles away
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
105.19 miles away
University of Missouri - St Louis
105.28 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Alamo
108.83 miles away
University of Southern Indiana
110.77 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading420 to 553
SAT: Math458 to 583
ACT Composite20 to 25
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$9,608
30k to 48k$10,064
48k to 75k$12,585
75k to 110k$14,739
Over 110k$16,228
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $199.00 $379.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $263.00 $490.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program

New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program aims to ease the nation’s nursing shortage by attracting new students into the profession of nursing while enhancing efforts to recruit [...]

Annette McClanahan Harrison Endowed Nursing Scholarship

An endowed scholarship was set up to be awarded to full time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. Recipients must have demonstrated financial [...]

Betty Crim Endowed Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship gives annual awards for undergraduate students attending the University of Missouri-Columbia full-time, majoring in Nursing. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. [...]

Bill and Mary Russell Healthcare Scholarship

This scholarship is for residents of the Heartland Foundation service region, which includes the following counties: In Missouri - Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, [...]

Marsha’s Angels Scholarship Fund

Applicants who are residents of Sedgwick County, Kansas or one of the surrounding counties may attend an accredited nursing program anywhere in the U.S.; applicants from any other state in [...]

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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