Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
Phone: (800) 492-7900
July 20 application deadline
July 20 accepted
Missouri State University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,205, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 225 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Missouri State University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 53. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,598 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,418 (2011-12).
Missouri State University (MSU) is located in the southwest region of the state in the city of Springfield, about 215 miles from St. Louis. Students at Missouri State can explore nearly 100 bachelor’s degrees and more than 40 master’s degrees, including in the fields of business, health, and political science. The university offers much to do outside the classroom as well. Students can join more than 300 campus organizations, pledge with numerous fraternities and sororities, and help others through the school’s community service programs, such as Bears Bringing Hope, which fund-raises to help natural disaster victims, among other activities.
MSU also offers many campus events throughout the year for students to attend, such as poetry slams, concerts, and free bowling nights. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for one of the many Missouri State Bears varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Notable Missouri State alumni include actor John Goodman, who entered the school on a football scholarship and walked out with a theater degree. He went on to star in the television show Roseanne and has appeared in movies such as The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Raising Arizona.
School mission (as provided by the school):
Missouri State University is a public university system with an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students who come from Missouri, more than 40 other states and about 70 countries. There are four physical campuses, located in Springfield, Mo.; West Plains, Mo.; Mountain Grove, Mo.; and Dalian, China. It's easy to follow your passion and find your place at Missouri State. You can choose from a wide range of strong academic programs, including more than 150 bachelor's options, nearly 50 master's degrees and several doctoral programs. You will see a focus on real-world success thanks to a Career Center that helps students and alumni reach their professional goals. Missouri State is also an unbeatable value. Our cost is lower than state and national averages, plus we have lots of ways to help you pay for school.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1906
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $48,240,357
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 77%
Application deadline - July 20
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - July 20
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 21:1
4-year graduation rate - 28% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26% Education 11% Social Sciences 9% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7% Visual and Performing Arts 7%