About Missouri State

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About the university

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.


The Missouri State University system has four physical campuses:

Making a difference

Missouri State has a public affairs mission. It’s about helping the community, being a leader and being informed about the world and the people who live in it through:

  • Community engagement
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethical leadership

By the numbers

The Missouri State community includes:

  • More than 24,000 students in the Missouri State system making it the second largest university in the state
  • Six academic colleges, one School of Agriculture and one Graduate College
  • Almost 4,000 faculty and staff members with 90 percent of full-time ranked faculty holding the most advanced degree in their field
  • 4,000 students living in University housing
  • 1,500 international students studying on the Springfield campus
  • 17 NCAA Division I teams with 52 NCAA championship appearances
  • More than 110,000 alumni applying their education around the world

Profile of a Bear

Our students:

Our freshmen:

  • Earned an average ACT score of 24.1, state and national averages
  • Held an average high school grade point average of 3.59
  • Placed in the top half of their high school classes (83.5%)

Go maroon!

Missouri State spirit includes:

University honors

  • Recipient of the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
  • Named to America’s Top Colleges list by Forbes magazine
  • Received Best in the Midwest distinction from The Princeton Review
  • Ranked among Best Colleges: Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • Selected as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University
  • Listed on the President's Roll for Higher Education Community Service