Follow Your Passion. Find Your Place.
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.
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
|Total Undergraduate Students||18,980|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||95||1%|
|African American / Black||816||4%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||26||<1%|
|Two or More Races||597||3%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||236||1%|
|Where do MSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||9%|
|How old are MSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||13%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||21 - 26|
|Math||20 - 26||468 - 613|
|English||21 - 27|
|Critical Reading||478 - 613|
|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%|
The cost to attend Missouri State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|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%|
83% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
24% of all undergraduates live on campus
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.
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/
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.
|Degrees awarded at Missouri State University in 2014-15|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15|
|Elementary Education and Teaching.||2%|
|Business Administration and Management, General.||2%|
|Links to degree programs at Missouri State University|
First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 78%