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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Missouri State is an above-average public university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 14,924 undergraduate students. The Missouri State acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Elementary Education. Graduating 54% of students, Missouri State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,000.
901 S National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

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Missouri State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

MSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,783/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,399/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.117 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.138 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.136 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
28
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
5
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
23
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,924Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
5,214
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 105 responses
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  • Determined
    30%
  • Ambitious
    16%
  • Searching
    16%
  • Real
    14%
  • Connected
    8%
  • Indifferent
    4%
  • Lost
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.165 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.191 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 115 responses
Report
  • Find your passion. Find your place
    40%
  • Follow your passion. Find your place
    29%
  • Bear Up
    8%
  • Very professional learning atmosphere
    7%
  • Comfortable
    5%
  • Mediocre
    4%
  • Home away from home.
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.86 responses
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The Theatre and Dance department (of which I am a part of) is truly one of the most compassionate and helpful families I could've asked for! This goes for staff and faculty AND my peers alike. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities are grade A! Missouri State actively wants to see you succeed and provides the resources to make that possible. They are there for assistance, without holding your hand throughout the entire process. Missouri States 3 Pillars of Public Affairs are Cultural Competence, Ethical Leadership, and Community Engagement. This allows for a safe and productive learning environment. My only real complaint would be the lack of diversity, which I do see efforts being made to address the issue.
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Overall, MSU is a wonderful place for students regardless of background! As a music major especially, there are tonnes of resources and support to encourage newbies to grow. The music program treats everyone like family.

My biggest complaint is that the campus food is entirely lack luster. The PSU has good food only because they are normal restaurants, but the campus cafeterias (Blair-Shannon especially) are a total nightmare to eat in, with students leaving containers open and the staff hardly bothering to make sure that the food is fresh before serving.

The professors are always friendly and down to earth. As someone who studies in obscure musical theory, it's wonderful to have multiple people knowledgeable in the subject.
Missouri State University is a prime example of a school that is extremely well rounded and there to support its students in every aspect. They have wonderful academics programs, ranging from Wildlife Biology to Hospitality and Leadership to Graphic Design and everything in between! Missouri State University takes very good care of their athletes, with a variety of sports and all the team spirit to back them. The vibe of "Go Bears!" and just school pride is always present on and off-campus with its students and faculty. Additionally, there are more campus organizations than you could ever imagine and so many fun events constantly going on to keep students busy.