Southeast Missouri State University, is a public, accredited university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Southeast Missouri State University, having started as a normal school, has a traditional strength in teacher education. The recent addition of the River Campus, housing the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, has increased the university’s commitment to education in the arts. As a comprehensive institution, the institution offers over 200 areas of study, including undergraduate degrees as well as master’s degrees and a cooperative Ed.D. program with the University of Missouri.
In Fall 2012, the University had a record enrollment of over 11,000. 93.1% of students attended full-time, while 6.9% attended part-time. In Fall 2013, a record class of over 1,700 freshman students entered the university. Female students make up between 57–60% of the student body. Minority enrollment included African-American (6%), Hispanic (1%), and Asian (1%).
Southeast Missouri State has been a member of NCAA Division I (Division I FCS for football) since moving up from Division II in 1991. As a result of the promotion in classifications, Southeast Missouri State left the Division II athletic conference Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) (which they’ve been a charter member back in 1912) and joined the Division I Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).