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Missouri State University

901 S National, Springfield, MO

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Missouri State University (MSU) is a public university with its main campus located in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State has three additional campuses located in West Plains, Mo., Mountain Grove, Mo., and Dalian, China. Missouri State University is one of 13 four-year institutions supported by the state in Missouri.

There are excellent International Programs at Missouri State University. Students or faculty members may participate in programs such as International Services, Study Away programs, the English Language Institute, and China Programs, among others.

Missouri State University has been ranked 53rd of the Midwestern regional universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate programs. The student-faculty ration is 20-to-1.

The MSU College of Business Administration (COBA) is the largest college of business in Missouri and one of the largest in the Midwest and receives very high marks.

History

Missouri State University was founded as the Fourth District Normal School in 1905.  After changing its name at least four times through the years, the school became known as Missouri State University in 2005.

In its early years, the university's primary purpose was to prepare teachers for the public school systems in the Missouri region. In 1906, the students chose maroon and white as the school colors, and the bear as the school mascot. By 1945, the school had expanded beyond its origins as a teacher training college, with liberal arts and sciences a growing part of its curricula. By 2000, Missouri State University had expanded further, enrolling tens of thousands of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academics

The academic calendar for Missouri State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The semesters at Missouri State are referred to as "terms."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Graduate College
  • The William H. Darr School of Agriculture

 Student Life

Student life at Missouri State University is active, with more than 300 student clubs and organizations available, and a host of local chapters of fraternities and sororities to become involved in. The Campus LINK is an online community where students have access to information about student groups and upcoming events on campus. Additional information is available at the Office of Student Engagement.

Student organizations are grouped into categories according to their focus, such as   academic/professional, Greek social, honorary, religious, service, political, social, sports, and university. There are also groups for recreation/wellness, and residence life, for students who wish to govern their residence hall.

University groups such as Residence Hall organizations, University Ambassadors, Student Government Association, and Student Activities Council are organizations that represent Missouri State University as ambassadors.  They interface with students, faculty/staff, and alumni to promote Missouri State and to provide student feedback to other stakeholders.  These groups can be affiliated with a University department or office, or are meant to represent the student body as a whole. 

On campus housing and dining options are available.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Missouri State University are maroon and white, with black as an accent color. The school mascot is a bear, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Missouri State "Bears" or the Missouri State "Lady Bears."

Athletics

Missouri State competes in NCAA Division I athletics, and has won many championships. Missouri State "Bears" athletic teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Missouri State University's main campus is located in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State has three additional campuses:

  • Mountain Grove, Mo.
  • West Plains, Mo.
  • Dalian, China  

IDEA Commons is an urban research park located in downtown Springfield. Through the IDEA Commons, the University partners with corporations and non-profits, and provides retail space.

Community Life

Springfield is located within the Ozarks region of the United States and is known for beautiful landscapes, outdoor recreation, and always-changing weather with four seasons.

Springfield is known for its big-city attractions and small-town charm.  Also known as the "Queen City" of the Ozarks, Springfield acts as a central shopping and entertainment hub for the smaller surrounding communities. Springfield, Missouri is considered a great place to live and work. Recent statistics show Springfield ranked in top three among American cities for job growth.

Visitors can take in a show at Missouri State University's Tent Theatre, or explore the outdoors. Springfield is a three hour drive from Kansas City or St. Louis.

The community's 20-year strategic plan is now being developed and presented in draft form. Online visitors can view Springfield's Strategic Planning website to read about the process and find what kind of vision citizens have for the Springfield area in the year 2030.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants Missouri State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Missouri State University is around 22,000 students. The student body is made up of 85% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.

$14,500

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $35 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $6,200-$7,400
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $13,000-$15,620
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $210-$250 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $430-$520 per unit
  • The estimated cost for on campus dorms & meals is around $9,800

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$5,427
Receiving Student Loans59%$6,397
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Missouri State University may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Missouri State University is close to 53%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years30%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • English Language Program
  • Music Program
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Missouri State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Basketball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Missouri State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Military Technology

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences

    Psychology

    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    85.85%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    89%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    21:1

    DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
    82

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $5,245