For Kansas City Students

Just the right size

Springfield is Missouri’s third-largest city, with about 350,000 people living in the metropolitan area. You’ll find the big-city amenities you’re used to combined with the welcoming atmosphere and charm of the Ozarks.

Find your new favorite spot to eat, shop or relax

  • Choose from 500 restaurants
  • Shop at 1,500 retail outlets
  • Catch a flick at one of four complexes, including an IMAX theatre
  • Cheer on the Springfield Cardinals baseball team
  • Enjoy a Broadway show or nationally-known entertainer at the performing arts center on campus

Enjoy a road trip

Springfield is a great starting point for a weekend road trip:

  • Only three hours from St. Louis
  • Less than three hours from Kansas City
  • Two hours from the Lake of the Ozarks
  • Three hours from Columbia
  • About 45 minutes from Branson, one of the nation’s top vacation destinations

Springfield’s location in the Ozarks gives you access to all the boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking and mountain-biking you could ask for.

Hunt down the perfect part-time job

Springfield’s economy is the fastest-growing in Missouri. Businesses are expanding and new businesses are coming into town regularly. If you want to work part-time while you’re in school, you’ll have no problem getting a job.

Many top corporations from the Kansas City area such as Cerner Corporation and Sprint recruit and employ Missouri State graduates.

Did you know?

  • More than 1,200 students from the Kansas City area call Missouri State their home.
  • About 8,400 Missouri State alumni live in the Kansas City area.
  • You’ll meet students from the rest of Missouri, the U.S. and 80 countries.
  • Springfield enjoys its own take on great BBQ and other cuisine served in over 500 restaurants.
  • Springfield may not be the “City of Fountains,” but Hammons Fountain on the Missouri State campus will make you feel right at home.