Missouri State University

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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.

Academics

Glass Hall and Meyer Carillon at Missouri State

Glass Hall (left) houses the MSU COBA.

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.

Athletics

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
Student Aid.

Library System

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.

Student Housing

Plaster Student Union Building Image

Plaster Student Union with the MSU bear mascot statue in front. Freudenberger House is to the right of the PSU.

There are nine residence halls on the MSU
campus:

  • 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.

General Information

Admission

Office
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5517
Fax: (417) 836-5137

Main

Address
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000
www.missouristate.edu

Size

Students: 21,000

Setting
Urban setting
Large city (160,000)
Campus living

Degrees

offered:
Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application

Fee
College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $35
Online application fee: $35
Internation application fee: $50

Enrollment

Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 83%

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
this page. All information is
subject to change. You should
confirm all information with a
college admissions officer.

Missouri State University-Springfield Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(417) 836-5000
Website:www.missouristate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:https://www.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/applynow.aspx
Address:901 S National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:23,538
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):53%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:16,098 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,060
Out-of-state Tuition:$14,110
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,515

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Missouri State University-Springfield Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Missouri State University-Springfield.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences51
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences22
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services3123
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs341
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
Education6910
Engineering2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields121
English Language and Literature/Letters22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences41
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics51
Health Professions and Related Programs497
History11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mathematics and Statistics11
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies433
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies121
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences133
Psychology212
Public Administration and Social Service Professions113
Social Sciences262
Visual and Performing Arts93
Grand total329250

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Missouri State University-Springfield.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services252
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs211
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education338
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields121
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs132
History11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Psychology111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences111
Visual and Performing Arts11
Grand total162422

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Missouri State University-Springfield and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,060
Out-of-state$14,110
Books and supplies$1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$5,554
Out-of-state$10,234

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,91591%
Grant or scholarship aid2,37074%$5,515
Student loan aid1,88059%$6,266

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid10,33854%$5,382
Federal student loans9,27749%$6,621

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Missouri State University-Springfield. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Missouri State University-Springfield students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants9,0383,3945,644
Percent admitted100%82%86%
Percent admitted who enrolled35%37%34%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Missouri State University-Springfield Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment23,538
Undergraduate enrollment20,316
Graduate enrollment3,222

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Missouri State University-Springfield Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language English Language Institute)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
    • Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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