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.


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.


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

  • 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


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


901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000


Students: 21,000

Urban setting
Large city (160,000)
Campus living



Admissions Information


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


Percent applicants admitted: 83%

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
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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: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 23,453
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 55%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 14,374 (61% 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: $7,588
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,898
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,819

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Missouri State University-Springfield Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 152
Architecture and Related Services 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 22
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5122
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 461
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 232
Education 12910
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 121
English Language and Literature/Letters 122
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 41
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41
Health Professions and Related Programs 688
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 423
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 121
Philosophy and Religious Studies 21
Physical Sciences 133
Psychology 312
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 113
Social Sciences 461
Visual and Performing Arts 183
Grand total 518952

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,588
Out-of-state $15,898
Books and supplies $1,288

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,250
Out-of-state $11,524

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,929 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,317 77% $5,819
Student loan aid 1,640 55% $7,039

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,644 53% $5,840
Federal student loans 8,822 44% $6,429

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,581 2,795 4,786
Percent admitted 100% 88% 88%
Percent admitted who enrolled 35% 38% 34%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
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 2020

Total Enrollment 23,453
Undergraduate enrollment 19,801
Graduate enrollment 3,652

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 Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
    • 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
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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