Profile of a Bear

Defining a Missouri State Bear

Want to know what your fellow Bears are like? The information below provides a detailed profile of the students who enrolled as first-time freshmen for fall 2013.

  • Total: 2,693
  • Female: 1,631 (60.6%)
  • Male: 1,062 (39.4%)

What they plan to study

  • Agriculture, School of: 82 (3.0%)
  • Arts and Letters: 324 (12.0%)
  • Business: 415 (15.4%)
  • Education[1]: 149 (5.5%)
  • Health and Human Services: 640 (23.8%)
  • Humanities and Public Affairs: 141 (5.2%)
  • Natural and Applied Sciences: 328 (12.2%)
  • Undeclared: 614 (22.8%)

Where they’re from

  • Southwest Missouri: 804 (29.9%)
  • St. Louis: 730 (27.1%)
  • Kansas City: 288 (10.7%)
  • Other Missouri counties: 514 (19.1%)
  • Other states[2]: 319 (11.8%)
  • Other countries[3]: 35 (1.3%)

How they rank

  • Percent of ranked students in top half of class: 85.2%
  • Number of students ranked #1 or #2 in their class: 126 (5.9%)
  • Average ACT: 23.96
  • Number with 30 or higher on ACT[4]: 206 (7.6%)
  • Average high school GPA: 3.59

By the numbers

  • Honors College: 321 (11.9%)
  • Minority students: 403 (15.0%)
  • Living in residence halls: 2,214 (82.2%)
  • College credit: 1,307 (52.5%)

Notes

  1. Includes only students in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and special education. Students in secondary education and are included with the subject areas they plan to teach.
  2. Twenty-eight other states represented.
  3. Fourteen other countries represented.
  4. Average ACT for Missouri high school graduates in 2010 was 21.6.