First-Generation Student Support

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Missouri State is committed to helping first-generation students succeed.

At Missouri State, we embrace the experience, skills and values that our first-generation college students bring to campus.

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Over a third of our 21,000 undergraduates are first-generation ("first-gen") college students. Why not make your own unique Missouri Statement at a university that’s truly first-generation friendly, cost-effective and career-focused?

First-Gen Friendly

Cost-Effective

Career-Focused

Missouri State University is the second largest university in Missouri. We are a public, comprehensive metropolitan university, distinguished by our statewide mission in public affairs. We emphasize ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement in everything we do. This means that you’ll have many opportunities to use what you learn in the classroom to improve the lives of others, even before you graduate. At MSU, we practice what we preach. Altogether, faculty, staff and students provided over 420,000 hours of volunteer service to the community in 2015.

Also consider that Missouri State offers an exceptional education at a great price. You can pursue your passion by choosing from over 190 undergraduate degree options. At $7060/year, our in-state tuition costs $2100 less per year than the national average for four-year public universities. Over 35% of our first-time full time undergrads are awarded Pell Grants and 81% of our students received financial aid last year totaling more than $130 million dollars.

So why not join us at Missouri State! We hope these resources provide you with lots of useful information. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.

MAKE YOUR MISSOURI STATEMENT

34%

Amount of First-Generation College Students at Missouri State

79%

Students who come back for another year

54%

Six-year Graduation Rate

47%

Six-year Graduation Rate for Under-Represented Minority Groups