Formerly Southwest Missouri State University, and presently also known as MSU or Mo State, Missouri State University is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri. Founded in 1905, it is the state's second largest university and one of two degree-granting institutions within the Missouri State University System. The other is a two-year campus in West Plains, Missouri. In addition, a bachelor of science in business from MSU is offered at the Missouri State University Branch Campus Dalian in China. The school also has a Department of Defense and Strategic Studies program in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as a fruit research station in the Missouri town of Mountain Grove.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies MSU as one of six master's colleges and universities in the state; it was ranked 53rd of the Midwestern regional universities by the 2012 U.S. News and World Report.
Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, MSU offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and more than 45 graduate programs. In 2009, the university awarded nearly 4,100 degrees.
The academic divisions at MSU include:
- 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
- Missouri State Outreach
- Missouri State Online
- William H. Darr School of Agriculture
- Graduate School
In fall 2009, the Springfield campus had 721 full-time faculty, 60 percent of which was tenured. MSU has a student-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, with nearly 90 percent of full-time faculty members possessing the highest degree available in their field of study.
In addition, during the 2009 fiscal year, the school was the recipient of nearly 200 grants totaling more than $20 million.
MSU’s College of Business is the largest of its type in the state, as well as throughout the Midwest. Housed in the 185,000-square-foot David D. Glass Hall, the college boasts the highest available level of accreditation as well as accreditation of all programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which only 10 percent of colleges and universities offering business degrees in the U.S. have been granted.
Known as the Bears, MSU sports teams play in the NCAA Division I. Teams are members of the Missouri Valley Conference for all sports except football, which belongs to the Missouri Valley Football Conference, men's swimming and diving, which belongs to the Mid-American Conference, and field hockey, which belongs to the Mid-American Conference.
MSU has men’s and women’s teams in swimming and diving, basketball, golf and soccer, men’s teams in football and baseball, and women’s softball, track, field hockey, volleyball and cross country. Nicknamed the Bears, the teams wear maroon and white as their official colors.
The school’s teams have had showings in 52 NCAA championships since their transition to Division I in the 1982-83 season, with the men’s basketball team hitting the Sweet Sixteen in 1999 and the women’s basketball team in the Final Four in 1992 and 2001. In addition, the baseball team made the College World Series in 2003, with the volleyball team hitting their hundredth win in 2006.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
MSU offers grants, loans, scholarships and
work-study to help students defray the
cost of attendance. All applicants must
complete the Free Application for Federal
The Springfield campus has the Meyer and
Haseltine libraries, while the Mountain
Grove campus has the Evans and Barbe
libraries. The West Plains campus has the
Garnett Library, while the China campus
has the Dalian Library.
There are nine residence halls on the MSU
- Wells House (the school’s first campus residence hall, housing about 500 students)
- Freudenberger House (known by students as “Freddy”; a five-story residence hall housing about 740 students)
- Woods House (houses about 380 students)
- Blair-Shannon House (houses about 730 students)
- Hammons House (houses about 580 students)
- Hutchens House (houses about 600 students)
- Scholars House (houses about 120 students)
- Kentwood Hall (houses about 140 upper-class students)
- Sunvilla Tower (houses about 190 students)
Each residence hall has facilities including kitchens, public meeting/study spaces, computer labs, fitness rooms, laundry rooms and music practice rooms, with available services including free laundry, free cable television, wireless internet access and 24-hour front desk assistance. All residential areas are smoke- and tobacco-free.
MSU has three on-campus dining centers with a cafeteria format. These are:
- Blair-Shannon Dining Hall (serves more than 19,000 meals per week)
- Garst Dining Center
- Kentwood Dining Center
Other on-campus dining options include the Union Club on the fourth floor of the Plaster Student Union; the club is open to all students, staff, faculty and friends of the MSU campus for lunch only. The Plaster Student Union also features restaurants like Panda Express, Subway Subs and Salads, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Red Mango, Smashers, and Papa John’s Pizza.
The four-story Plaster Student Union is in the central campus area and offers students a place to shop, dine, socialize and take in films as well as listen to various speakers.
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