Students Say

Not too big, not too small, Missouri State University offers myriad academic and social options in an "open, welcoming environment." Catering to a diverse student population, the school offers a "variety of majors," from speech-language pathology to interior design, as well as "a wide range of relevant courses" across academic departments. Similarly, there are a "huge variety" on the teaching staff, with professors that range from "fabulous and very enthusiastic" to "boring" and monotone.

Overview

Applicants
6,866
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.57

Test Scores

ACT Composite
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
July 20

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Not too big, not too small, Missouri State University offers myriad academic and social options in an "open, welcoming environment." Catering to a diverse student population, the school offers a "variety of majors," from speech-language pathology to interior design, as well as "a wide range of relevant courses" across academic departments. Similarly, there are a "huge variety" on the teaching staff, with professors that range from "fabulous and very enthusiastic" to "boring" and monotone. While some professors "love to lecture," "Others believe that student involvement is key." No matter what their approach to teaching, "Professors genuinely care and want to help students learn, make the grade, and actually retain course information." There is an emphasis on "the development of critical thinking in all subjects," "not just overloading students with a bunch of useless information." In most majors, academics are moderately challenging: "not too hard, but definitely not easy." To help ensure student success, there are "learning centers and tutoring opportunities if you're struggling with a specific professor or class." Students also point out that the school's educational mission goes beyond standard academics, with a focus on "community involvement, ethical leadership, and cultural competence." All things considered, the school is an excellence investment. With a "far lower tuition" than you'd find at most four-year colleges, MSU "represents a great union between value and quality education."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,027
with Terminal Degree
625

584
Men
443
Women
56
Minority
37
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Construction Management
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Insurance
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Technical and Business Writing

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Child Development
  • Housing and Human Environments, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Ms. Kathleen Turner
Actress - Broadway, Film

Mr. John Goodman
Actor - Film, Television

Mr. David Glass
KC Royals Owner, Walmart Chair of Exec Comm

Mr. John Q. Hammons
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of John Q. Hammons Indust

Ms. Tess Harper
Actress - Film, Television

Gov. Bob Holden
Former Governor of State of Missouri

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,907

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,437

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,703

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,003

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,920
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$9,840
Required Fees
$534
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,832
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

On the diverse MSU campus, you'll meet a mix of "small-town kids, hard-partying slackers, serious students, and kids mostly here for Greek Life." No matter where you fall on the spectrum, MSU students are noted for their friendly, "Midwestern hospitality," and the campus is welcoming to "people from different ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, [and] different sexual orientations." On the whole, "Students here care about their education" and are proud to study at MSU. During the weekdays, most students are usually "wearing a bear-wear shirt and sweats, carrying a coffee, and scurrying to class." While the typical student comes to MSU "straight out of high school" in Missouri, there is a growing population of older nontraditional students, as well as "many students from our sister campus in China," who all "fit in easily." A current undergrad tells us, "I am a nontraditional student, but I get along well with students of all ages."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,157
Out of State
7%

Demographics

56% female
44% male
7% are out of state
78% are full time
22% are part time

Overview

Students Say

It's easy for anyone to get involved in campus life at MSU. At this bustling university, students are involved in "social organizations and professional business groups," Greek life, sports teams, religious organizations, and "outdoor activities." Many love living on campus, saying, "The dorms are also a cool place to hang out at night" and a great way to make friends. What's more, "With new construction of the Recreation Center underway, and our brand new basketball arena, many exciting things are happening on campus." Both commuters and campus residents say, "It's easy to meet people," and "Almost everyone has a group of friends that they hang out with on a regular basis." MSU's campus is "within walking distance of downtown Springfield," a nice college town with "a plethora of shops, restaurants, and leisure activities." Come the weekend, many students "go to house parties or to clubs or bars downtown." "Others stay in and watch movies with friends" or "listen to music and surf the Internet." When they want to get hyped up, students say, "MSU Bears Basketball is a great way to spend an evening," while "The Student Activities Council constantly provides fun, creative activities for students," like "free ice skating, free hockey game nights, and free movie nights."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Steve Capps, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Pyschoeducational Evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Letter from current physician.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
270
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
28

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bears)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Bears)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Alliance (BiGALA) organization.

Minority Support Groups: Multiculturual Student Services office, Multicultural Resource Center, Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) - mentoring program, student organizations - Association of Black Collegiates, American Indian Student Association, Asian American Pacific Islander Organization, Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Korean Student Association, Middle East Forum Society, NAACP

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
95

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Gateway, Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sean Kliethermes
Asst. Dir. of Admissions-Info. Services Coord.

Address
Office of Admissions
901 South National
Springfield, MO 65804

Phone
4178365517


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Plaster Student Union
Meyer Library
Baker Bookstore
Hammons Fountains
Plaster Sports Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bass Pro Shops
American National Fish and Wildlife Museum
Battlefield Mall
Jordan Valley Ice Park
The Ozarks
The new Hammons Field (baseball stadium) is a popular attraction as well.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Sat
8am-5pm, 11am-1pm
4178365517

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times
NA

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@smsu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The SMSU campus features an extensive free shuttle system for use by students and visitors. Springfield is served by a public bus system, as well as by private taxis, a Greyhound station and the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you are traveling from the St. Louis area exit I-44 at the U.S. 65 south exit and follow it until you reach the Chestnut Expressway exit. Turn right (west) and follow Chestnut until you reach National Avenue. Turn left (south) and follow National until you reach the SMSU campus. If you are traveling from the Kansas City area, follow Missouri Highway 13 (which becomes Kansas Expressway as you reach Springfield) south until you reach Grand Street. Turn left (east) on Grand Street and follow it until you reach the SMSU campus. If you are traveling north or south on U.S. 65, exit at Chestnut Expressway and turn west. Follow Chestnut until you reach National Avenue. Turn left (south) and follow National until you reach the SMSU campus.

Local Accommodations
Springfield has a wide selection of accommodations too numerous to mention here. For a free brochure, call the Springfield Visitors Bureau toll free at 800-678-8767 or visit www.springfieldmo.org.
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Key Stats

6,866
Applicants
16,157
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate

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