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Missouri State University

A Missouri State degree doesn’t just prepare you at the highest level for a career.

It prepares you for life. This campus is a vibrant place where students discover who they are, take charge of their future and become the leaders of tomorrow. Our excellent academic options include bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

Be part of a university with a reputation for success

There’s so much to be proud of here, from academics to athletics, and each year MSU gains in prominence and prestige.

Be inspired by high-impact experiences

You may go on study-away trips or have internships. You will find faculty mentors who want you to be involved in research and scholarly projects. You will transition into your career with the assurance that you have the readiness, confidence and inspiration to pursue every one of your greatest goals.

Thrive in a close-knit community of thousands

Here, you’ll feel like you’re part of something bigger — because you are.

Our traditions combine fun, such as Homecoming, with meaning, such as the Common Reader, a book discussed campus-wide. We also have the social life you want, with 10+ residence life options, NCAA Division I athletic teams, 300+ organizations, fraternities and sororities, concerts, movies, pool parties — you won’t be bored!

Take on a mission to make the world a better place

Be a #CITIZENBEAR! Missouri State has a unique University-wide public affairs mission that makes us different. Our students are ethical leaders who are engaged with their communities. They are culturally competent and ready to work and live with people from different backgrounds.

Benefit from an unbeatable value

Missouri State is a tremendous value. You will be educated for a career and as a citizen at a cost below the national average and significantly below other state universities.


Living in the Missouri State Bears Community


Graphic Silhouette of College Students

Home, sweet home. That is what Springfield, MO, is to tens of thousands of students. Springfield is a great place to get a degree because it’s safe and there’s a lot to do. It’s the third-largest city in Missouri, so it has a great blend of small-town coziness and big-city amenties.

Missouri State is minutes from downtown Springfield, a vibrant area with boutiques, cinemas, performing-arts theaters, pubs, restaurants and other attractions. MSU owns some buildings in the area, so a Bear Line shuttle can transport you to your downtown classes or to your favorite local coffeehouse.

You can easily find a place to worship in Springfield, no matter your religious background. There are churches of many Christian denominations, an Islamic center, a Jewish synagogue and many other facilities.

What is there to do?

Here is a sample of the great things going on in Springfield. Almost everything in town is within 20 minutes of the Missouri State campus.

• Movie theaters, including a multiplex in walking distance and an independent cinema.

• Hammons Field (home to our Baseball Bears and the Cardinals AA minor-league team)

• Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

• Battlefield Mall — everything from Starbucks to Sephora in one area

• Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (one of Missouri’s largest tourist attractions)

• Dickerson Park Zoo

• Mediacom Ice Park Ice Skating Rink

• Springfield Symphony Orchestra

• Springfield Ballet

• Springfield Art Museum

• Springfield Regional Opera

• Springfield Conservation Nature Center

• Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield



The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 22,273

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 18,980
Women 11,069 58%
Men 7,911 42%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 95 1%
Asian 278 1%
African American / Black 816 4%
Hispanic 649 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 26 <1%
White 15,389 81%
Two or More Races 597 3%
International 894 5%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 236 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do MSU undergraduates call home?
Missouri 86%
Other US States & Territories 9%
Other Countries 5%
Residency Unknown <1%
How old are MSU undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 13%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 8,672 new freshman applicants, 86% were admitted and 16% of the admitted students enrolled at Missouri State University in Fall 2015.
Of the 2,601 transfer applicants, 94% were admitted and 67% of the admitted students enrolled at Missouri State University in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 21 - 26  
Math 20 - 26 468 - 613
English 21 - 27  
Critical Reading   478 - 613
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 52%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 85%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 79%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.63
Percent who submitted High School GPA 98%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $18,880

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Missouri State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

How much would I pay?

Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


MSU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 21 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 59%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 87%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 734
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 47%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 13%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 77%

Campus-based Housing

83% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
24% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

The University Safety & Transportation Department fosters a safe and secure environment for the university community through professional services in law enforcement, security, crime prevention/education, and traffic/parking with an emphasis on community policing concepts.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate comprehensive

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at MSU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 94% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 56% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 26% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 81% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 21% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 54% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 56% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 15% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 94% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 89% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 74% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 67% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 85% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 50% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 82% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 77% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 58% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 88% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 63% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 84% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 86% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 84% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Missouri State University in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at Missouri State University in 2014-15
Bachelor's 3,237
Master's 1,069
Doctoral 45
Total 4,351

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Elementary Education and Teaching. 2%
Psychology, General. 2%
Business Administration and Management, General. 2%
Accounting. 2%
Finance, General. 2%
Links to degree programs at Missouri State University
Links to degree programs at Missouri State University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 100%

Survey Administration Process

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 83% four-year success and progress rate means that 83% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 2,628 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 1,204 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 78%

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Student Learning at Missouri State University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.