Missouri State University

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901 S. National Avenue

Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: (417) 836-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 20
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#68 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Missouri State University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,434, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 225 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Missouri State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 68. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,908 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,388 (2013-14).

Missouri State University (MSU) is located in the southwest region of the state in the city of Springfield, about 215 miles from St. Louis. Students at Missouri State can explore nearly 100 bachelor’s degrees and more than 40 master’s degrees, including in the fields of business, health, and political science. The university offers much to do outside the classroom as well. Students can join more than 300 campus organizations, pledge with numerous fraternities and sororities, and help others through the school’s community service programs, such as Bears Bringing Hope, which fund-raises to help natural disaster victims, among other activities.

MSU also offers many campus events throughout the year for students to attend, such as poetry slams, concerts, and free bowling nights. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for one of the many Missouri State Bears varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Notable Missouri State alumni include actor John Goodman, who entered the school on a football scholarship and walked out with a theater degree. He went on to star in the television show Roseanne and has appeared in movies such as The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Raising Arizona.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Missouri State University is a public university system with an enrollment of approximately 22,800 students who come from around the state and the world. There are four physical campuses, located in Springfield, Mo.; West Plains, Mo.; Mountain Grove, Mo.; and Dalian, China. The main campus is in Springfield, the third-largest city in Missouri. Springfield blends the best of small-town coziness and big-city amenities. Among the many things that Missouri State has to offer are: a remarkable education; memorable experiences; an unbeatable value; a distinctive mission; and lifetime success. We have more than 85 majors leading to more than 185 academic options for undergraduates, as well as more than 45 graduate programs. There are also a select number of certifications and doctorate programs. Our cost is lower than state and national averages, plus we have lots of ways to help students pay for school. Missouri State has extensive career services for both students and alumni to help them reach their professional goals. Our public affairs mission is about getting involved and becoming a leader with strong ethics; the mission is everywhere on campus, from the classroom to special events open to the community. Our student body is known for being warm and welcoming. Students can follow their passion and find their place at Missouri State University.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $62,262,517


When applying to Missouri State University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 20. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 20. The application fee at Missouri State University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 83.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.3%
Application deadline July 20
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Missouri State University is 20:1, and the school has 27.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Missouri State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33%
Education 13%
Social Sciences 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Missouri State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,434, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. Missouri State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,629
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Missouri State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Missouri State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Missouri State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Missouri State University, 59.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,201.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $6,908 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,388 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,450 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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