Southeast Mo. State University announces expansion of test optional admissions

Southeast Mo. State University announces expansion of test optional admissions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University announced an expansion of test optional admissions and scholarship offerings for beginning freshmen in fall 2021.

Prospective students will now be admitted to Southeast with a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average and the required high school core curriculum. Students do not need an ACT or SAT score to be admitted and can self-report their academic record when they apply.

Additionally, the University announced the expansion of institutional scholarships now available without a test score and increased the value of academic scholarships that students can get as test optional.

“This expansion of test optional admissions and scholarships, and elimination of our application fee, are among many actions the University has taken to provide greater access to higher education,” said Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas. “Expansion of the test optional program is even more important today as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many ACT and SAT testing dates.”

Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success, added that test optional admissions have become increasingly more important to students and their families across the college admissions landscape.

“Southeast first piloted test optional admissions in 2018 for beginning freshmen in fall 2019, making Southeast one of the first public universities in Missouri to embrace the concept,” Below said. “We’re extremely pleased to transition to test optional admissions and scholarship offerings to help reduce barriers to a college education.”

Scholarships offering test optional criteria to qualify include:

  • A+ Scholarship (regional campus only)
  • Academic Support Center Awards
  • College Access Partner Award
  • Copper Dome Scholarship ($1000-$3000)
  • Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship
  • Marching Band Scholarship
  • Military Air Force ROTC Housing Scholarship
  • Military Show Me Gold Housing Scholarship
  • Missouri MOST Scholarship
  • President’s Scholarship ($10,000 award, competitive)
  • Redhawks Achievement Award
  • Residence Life Leadership Award
  • Supplemental Grant Aid (incoming TRIO students)
  • Transfer Academic Scholarship
  • Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Award
  • Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Will To Do Award

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Vargas held the news conference on Wednesday, September 9.

He was joined by Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and Lenell Hahn, director of admissions.

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