Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

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Southeast Missouri State University
3.76 Average Rating

Andrea from Blackwell, MO

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
One of the great things about SEMO (and there are a lot) is the classes I have to take. In order to complete any degree, I have to take a wide variety of classes that will help me become more well-rounded as person. Learning a little about a lot, instead of a lot about a little, the first few semesters of college will give me a different perspective as my education and life goes on.
The professors are great; in each class students and professors learn from each other. The staff is very understanding and always willing to talk to you whenever there's a problem.
Am enjoying being here
I really like it here! When I walk around campus, it just feels like what I always imagined college should be: falling autumn leaves and professors and students conversing outside Academic Hall. Campus is beautiful, even though there are a lot of hills. Walking to class alone is a work out, but SEMO has a convenient shuttle system if you don't want to walk all the way across campus.
There are a lot of different residence halls, and they all offer great support systems for everyday life. Each residence hall is a really tight community–I've met some awesome people on my floor alone! We have a really great time together.
Bang for the buck
SEMO is one of the best values in Missouri and the states surrounding. The quality of the education and experience is more than worth what it costs to attend. Also, when you consider the massive amount of (often underutilized) student serives, it really is one of the best deals! Also, they have a wonderful library and book rental system.
Tips for prospective students
Take a campus visit. Homey Cape Girardeau is described by locals as a big small town. This is a perfect description. I grew up in a small town, then moved to the big city (Saint Louis area), so this town is a perfect mix for me.
Don't be afraid to contact teachers and staff members! They actually ENJOY helping you and making your life a little easier.
Great for these types of students
Future educators and people who love people. There are so many different kinds of people here, so many things to do and groups to join. Greek life is active, night life is active...I really love it here.
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a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Tips for prospective students
Always go to the activities posted on the boards around campus, you never know how much you'll enjoy something until you try it! Do not keep yourself locked in your room like Rapunzel! Let down your hair and get out of bed, there's so much life outside waiting for you!
Academic Rigor
Whatever teachers taught you in high school, you may revisit. Depending on the classes you are placed in. Classes are not a piece of cake like they were in high school. Studying is essential!
Dorm Life
If you get along with people well go random. If you don't get along with people well, try to stay on campus with someone you know. The dorm life is honestly what you make it. If you don't like your roommate, move out!
Food and Dining
I love too eat, so eating my favorite part of campus. The only sad thing is nothing is really open after 8 pm, except select food places on campus. Be leery of that.
What to do for fun
Join a club that interests you. Get put and go to a yoga class. Possibly join a fraternity or sorority. There are so many things to do all the time. There are also lots of events to go to.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
River Campus has the best food! Lots of people know the River Campus as the Arts section of SEMO, which is true, but the food is always good. It's always something different.
Clubs and Activities
SAC-Student Activities Council puts together everything fun that happens on campus. Ice cream social? That was SAC. Talent Show? That was SAC. Late night movies? That was SAC. Join us every Tuesday at 7 pm in the UC ballroom!
Greek Life
My best friend is in a sorority. If that's the life you want to live, go for it! The ladies or gents you learn to know could be your friends for life. It's good to always have people by your side.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is pretty much just that, campus safety. No one is really safe outside of campus. The safest place could be on campus because of how covered we are as far as campus police, and DPS.
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Chanelle from Harrisburg, IL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
SEMO is a place for every student. With all of our clubs, sports, and Greek life, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. The teachers are fantastic and will help you achieve your academic goals
Tips for prospective students
Do not try to go up Cardic hill on your first day of going to class. Avoid 8 am classes like the plague. Join a club, intramural team, or participate Greek life to catch a break from classes.
Academic Rigor
Teachers are a mix of easy peasy lemon squeezy to harder than most. If you study your best no matter what, than you'll succeed.
Dorm Life
I made all of my closet friends the first year living community style.
Food and Dining
There's Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks, Chik-fil-a, Papa John's, and so much more.
What to do for fun
There are always musicals, concerts, or plays at the River Campus. Sporting events give away free items like T-shirts and food!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
If you ever go up Cardiac Hill, you have to place gum on the gum tree. Walking from Pig Lot to Towers is a path almost every student takes at least once.
Great for these types of students
Active, Musically inclined, Book Smart, etc. Literally everyone is welcomed.
Campus Safety
DPS is always around campus.
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Melissa from Chester, IL

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Southeast Missouri State University is a friendly, safe, and inexpensive college. Anybody who gets the chance to take a tour of the campus will never turn back. This is a great college to further their education that will take them places for the rest of your life.
Academic Rigor
From what I've heard, the teachers are very cooperative and offer extra help to who is deserving.
Dorm Life
The dorms are very nice and tall compared to other colleges. They are convenient for storage, and the bathrooms are nice.
Food and Dining
Good food.
Bang for the buck
Free laundry.
Free use of the bus on weekends (if you're unable to drive somewhere).
Plenty of food to eat with the amount of money you're given.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Gum tree on Cardiac Hill.
Great for these types of students
Students who like a middle size school with a lot of things to keep you busy. This school offers many opportunities to be social and make friends, while not having to use a lot of money. It does not cost out of pocket money to use the schools bus, or to do your laundry, and you'll be able to eat a good amount of food without having to stress. This school feels like home.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many sports and clubs to join and many opportunities to make new friends whether you're looking to have fun or competition.
Campus Safety
I felt protected and never felt lost.
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Misty from Malden, MO

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Southeast is a wonderful university for Education Major. This school is ranked in the Top 10 colleges across America for teaching. The teachers are really understanding of your personal situations and they do their very best to see that you get a quality education.
Am enjoying being here
I do enjoy attending school here. I am transferring to another college because of family matters but if given the opportunity i would definitely stay. The people and staff are friendly and fun! You get an atmosphere of seriousness and playfulness all at once. Its very enjoyable. Plus there are always great concerts and comedians always coming to town. The sporting events are a blast. The gym and recreation center is AMAZING!!!!!!! They also offer a great diversity of intramural sports for everyone!
Bang for the buck
The teachers are helpful and the tuition is decently priced. Be aware of extra charges that you may assume to be free.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure and check your emails sent through the campus mail system (they are extremely helpful). If you have unlimited texting sign up for The SEMO Text Alert programs. They send you text messages when classes and school is canceled or if they are offering something special. If you have the opportunity, attend one of the local campuses they offer. These campuses are cheaper and offer the same quality education as the main campus. Also check for scholarship opportunities and programs to help pay back student loans depending on you department because there is a lot out there to take advantage of.
Great for these types of students
Great for Education and Business Majors!
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Brittany from Marion, IL

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The wide variety of university study categories (generals) really helps expand the knowledge of students. You can discover something you never thought you would be interested in through your general classes. The small class sizes really help each student to receive more attention when needed. All my classes are about the size of my high school classes. All of the professors are willing to help their students during office hours, through e-mail, or even through special meetings. I have learned so much from just one semester.
Am enjoying being here
I love the campus at Southeast. The hills can be a little tough sometimes, but it's absolutely beautiful. I have made some fantastic friends and there's always something to do. We go over to the aquatic center, play frisbee on the marching band field, or just hang out in our rooms. The campus is at a great location too.
Bang for the buck
SEMO has some of the best rates I saw in my college search. There are tons of scholarships offered through the university, and a lot of them are non-competitive (If you qualify for it, you get it as long as you apply in time). There are lots of opportunities to get financial aid if you need it.
Tips for prospective students
Come to a Show Me Day or schedule a campus tour. Talk to your admissions councelor frequently and don't be afraid to talk to students to see what they think of the school.
Great for these types of students
I think SEMO is great for a wide variety of students. Social students will find lots of groups and there is a lot of Greek life going on. Those focused on academics will find a lot of enjoyment in the classes. Athletic students have a lot of sports and intermurals to choose from. There's truly something for everybody at SEMO.
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Katherine from Bridgeton, MO

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a lot from my classes here at SEMO. I am in a Child Psychology class and I feel like I have learned the most from this class. The teacher is really helpful and the course is challenging in a positive way. The same level of difficulty is true for my Elementary Education Math class. Also, I am enrolled in two dance classes, Jazz II and Ballet II. Both of these courses are challenging and productive.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy being here because I like living in the dorms and I like the size of the school.
Bang for the buck
Southeast Missouri State University, in my opinion, is very reasonable about pricing. Their tuition is much cheaper than many other schools in Missouri and their educational program is equal to the other schools. There are also many available majors to chose from.
Tips for prospective students
You should come and visit before you make a decision on any college.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students who like to be social and want to learn.
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Evyn from Saint Louis, MO

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors really care about each individual student and his or her learning process. All of my professors thus far have taken a personal interest in my life in and outside the class room. Professors are able to take time to help every student because of the small class sizes and they treat the student as equals. I find that it is easier to learn in an environment where the teacher is honest and open with the students. Small class sizes and mutual respect between teacher and student are vital criteria for a positive learning community.
Southeast also offers a variety of classes on a wide range of subjects. Every student is not only welcome but encouraged to try new educational experience. I had never taken a ballet class before coming to SEMO but it has always something that I wanted to try. The class that I took down here was a great experience. I learned a lot about ballet and gained confidence in my performance skills.
Am enjoying being here
I really enjoy the atmosphere of SEMO. The college is located in the small town of Cape Girardeau. The school and the surrounding community have a lot to offer any prospective student. There are at several student organizations on campus and hundreds of ways for student to get involved. I never find myself bored because there is so much to do on campus and in the surrounding town. The Theater and Dance department performs several shows a semester. The historical river front of Cape Girardeau is a kitschy mix of old and new. There are several antique stores and mom and pop shops that surround the college. The people of both the town and the college are friendly and welcoming.
Bang for the buck
SEMO is big college experience for a small college price. SEMO is one of the best deals in the state. Though the tuition is relatively low the educational experience is priceless.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students should check the Southeast portal email daily. Not only do the professors use this for communication but SEMO will send stuff about billing and other important school information. Check Email before you arrive on campus as well because your roommate might try to contact you via the portal.
Make sure to apply for scholarships Southeast offers several scholarships for students of all majors. Make sure during the application process you click on the apply for endowed scholarship button.
Sign up for a learning community if you can. It is a great way to get to know other students in your major before classes actually start. Being in a community will give you a network of friends. Floor wide study parties before finals are remarkably helpful especially in the learning communities where the whole floor has similar classes.
Learn the hours of the meal plan otherwise you will run out of Flex dollars fast. You need flex for pretty much every meal so don’t use it all the first few weeks
Great for these types of students
Theater and Dance students. The River campus is a state of the art facility and an ideal learning environment. The professors in the Theater and Dance department are among the best in the country. Ken Stilson the director of the department is the writer of the text book which is used all over the country. The program is great for students from all back grounds. All of the Students and staff are friendly and willing to help you learn. There are ample opportunities for theater or dance student to perform as well.
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Erin from Moscow Mills, MO

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
This is the only college in Missouri that offers the degree I am after, Historic Preservation. They offer so many classes that I would have never thought of taking before. I feel that with the small calss sizes I will learn a lot.
Will enjoy being here
The campus is beautiful and has so much to offer. I can't wait till August 15 which is early move in day for on campus workers! I plan on joining Catholic Campus Ministries, Student Activities Council Residence Hall Association and possibly AFROTC. I am really excited to be a freshman!
Bang for the buck
Out of the colleges I was looking at SEMO was the cheapest but had everything I was looking for in a college. they have a lot of scholarships and hopefully I will be awarded a good financial aid package.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to visit campus. People here are very helpful in answering your questions, don't be afraid to call and ask questions. Also the admissions counselors are very helpful.
Great for these types of students
I know a lot of people from the St. Louis area that are attending SEMO. SEMO has tons to offer for every type of student.
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Malcolm from St. Louis, MO

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Though this school has a high acceptance rate, don't think this is just an easy university. I sitll feel academically challenged and I truly feel like I'm learning.
Am enjoying being here
I definitely enjoy being here. There are alwasy events going on and things to be involved. There are a lot of offices and programs to help out also.
Bang for the buck
This is a great school for a great cost.
Tips for prospective students
Try to do well on the math and english sections of your ACT so that you won't have to take a writing placement test and so that you can skip the introductory math course. Both are unecessary, so push your self now so you don't have to later.
Great for these types of students
All types I think. Also, there are excellent programs for minorities and first generation students.
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