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Missouri State University
Missouri State University 901 S National Springfield, MO 65897 Phone: (417) 836-5000
  • General Information
    About Missouri State University

    Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The University is committed to achieving five major goals: 1) democratizing society, 2) incubating new ideas, 3) imagining Missouri’s future, 4) making Missouri’s future, and 5) modeling ethical and effective behavior as a public institution. The University’s statewide mission in public affairs, requiring a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship, distinguishes its identity. The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum that draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of focused disciplinary and professional studies, as well as enables critical, independent and intellectual judgment about the culture, values and institutions of the larger society. The task of developing educated persons obligates the University to expand its store of human understanding through research, scholarship and creative endeavor, and drawing from that store of understanding, to provide service to the communities that support it. In all of its programs, the University uses the most effective methods of discovering and imparting knowledge and the appropriate use of technology in support of these activities. The University functions through a multi-campus system that is integrated to address the needs of its constituents. On June 15, 1995, Senate Bill 340 was signed into law, giving Missouri State University a statewide mission in public affairs. The focus on public affairs grew out of mission-review discussions with the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education beginning in 1994. The public affairs focus is the integrating theme that cuts across and informs all disciplines in their relation to society.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • City: Midsize
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 8,947
    Percent Admitted 52%
    Men Admitted 52%
    Women Admitted 52%
    Full Time Retention Rate 76%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 21 27
      English 21 27
      Math 19 26
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 22,464
    Native American 182.0
    Asian 351.0
    African American 606.0
    Hispanic 413.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 13,449
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 1,682

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