Transfer Student Contact Information

Brooke Lockhart
(573) 651-2957
Cell/Text: (573) 275-4409
Fax: (573) 651-5936

International Students Contact:

Thank you for considering Southeast!

We recommend the following dates to ensure the smoothest transfer to Southeast:
These are suggested dates.
 Students can enroll through the first week of the semester. However, we cannot guarantee financial aid, housing, or course availability after these dates.

Apply for Admission:
Fall – July 1 (Scholarship Deadline March 1)
Spring – November 1
Summer – March 1
To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must first be admitted to Southeast. Upon admission, the financial aid award process can take four to six weeks to complete, provided your FAFSA has been submitted to Southeast.

Submit the Contract for University Housing:
Fall – December 1

For the best possible selection of courses, we recommend scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor during priority registration.  
Fall – Mid-April
Spring – Mid-November
Summer – Mid-February

Transfer Student Admission Guidelines

You are eligible for admission as a transfer student if you are in good academic standing at your last accredited college/university and have a 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA with 24 or more transferable hours. If you have fewer than 24 transferable hours at the time of transfer you will also have to meet beginning freshman admission guidelines.

If you are not in good academic standing at your last accredited college/university, you may be considered for probationary admission to Southeast one year after your last semester of full-time enrollment.

Transfer Assistance

A transfer admissions counselor is available to provide one-on-one advising and guidance throughout the transfer process. Transferring from one institution to another involves preparation. At Southeast, we will assist you every step of the way. If you begin your education at a community college and plan to transfer later, we can help select course work for you major at your current school. For information on how courses will transfer to Southeast, check out our Transfer Course Conversion site and Transfer Guides.

When to Apply

Apply for transfer admission at the beginning of your last semester at the current college. You do not need to wait until your current semester is completed. Apply early to take advantage of Southeast's enrollment system. If you plan to transfer in the fall and live on campus, apply for admission by November 1 to meet the recommended Housing Contract completion date of December 1.

Transfer Student Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Submit the Application for Admission.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to Southeast from all colleges or universities you have attended.
    Credit from other institutions is accepted providing it applies toward a transfer degree in the institution where it was earned. Transfer of credit is at the discretion of the Registrar at Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Students with fewer than 24 transferable hours submit ACT/SAT scores and official high school transcripts.

Note: Admission to the University does not indicate admission to programs that have additional admission criteria and/or specific prerequisites. For information on admission to programs, refer to our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Mail documents to:

Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions
MS 3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

Southeast offers a variety of scholarships.

  • Outstanding Community College Student Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • Community College Scholarship
  • Midwest Achievement Award
  • Southeast Family of Achievement Award
  • Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships 

Step 3: Submit Housing Contract 

  • Upon admission to Southeast, you may complete the Contract for University Housing online via the My Southeast admitted student portal. A $150 housing deposit is required at the time of submission. Transfer students with fewer than 57 transferable hours are required to live in University housing. If you have questions regarding the University’s residency requirements, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or
  • Complete your Housing Contract as soon as possible. December 1 is the recommended Housing Contract completion date.
  • The University will use your preference information to make room and roommate assignments in July.

Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid

  • You and a parent (if you are a dependent student) should create an FSA ID. The FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information online and allows a parent of a dependent student to sign a child's FAFSA electronically.
  • Complete and submit a new or renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • February 1 is Southeast’s Priority Financial Aid Deadline. Applying by February 1 will improve your chances of receiving federal and institutional grant funds, low-interest loans, Federal Work Study, and financial aid from the state of Missouri.
  • The deadline to apply for Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships is March 1.
  • Financial aid awards will be emailed to your Southeast email account in mid-December.
  • Visit our Veterans and Military Services site for information on using veterans benefits.

Step 5: Advising and Enrollment

As a part of the admission process, you will receive an advising transcript and degree audit report from the Registrar's Office approximately a month before registration begins. This information will show how transfer course work is accepted and applied toward your degree program.  You will also receive the name and phone number of the office to contact for advising and enrollment information. View academic advising contacts.

As a transfer student, you must speak with an advisor or attend one of the orientation sessions to enroll in classes.

  • If you have 24 or more transferable hours, Transfer Orientation is encouraged. Orientation sessions are offered at various times during the spring, summer and fall semesters. During the orientation you will receive academic program requirements, student life, on campus housing and dining, parking, and financial aid information, as well as register for classes. Advance registration is required.

    Transfer Orientation Dates:
    Semester  Dates
    Spring 2018 Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Fall 2018 Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    Fall 2018 Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Fall 2018 Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Fall 2018 Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Registration for fall 2018 orientation dates will open October 1, 2017. 
  • If you have fewer than 24 transferable hours, you are required to attend First STEP orientation. First STEP information is included in your admission packet. Register online.

For more information about Transfer Orientation, contact New Student Programs at (573) 651-5166 or


Academic Hall 100D
Office of Admissions
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701