Facts and Figures

  • Telephone: 417-836-5000
  • Website: www.missouristate.edu
  • Locations: Springfield, MO; West Plains, MO; Mountain Grove, MO; Dalian, China
  • Year founded: 1905
  • Name change to Missouri State University: 2005

Student body

  • Fall 2013 enrollment: 23,838 
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 75%
  • Percentage of underrepresented students: 10%
  • Percentage of international students: 8%
  • Ratio of male to female students: 45:55
  • Percentage of students that live on campus: 23%
  • Percentage of students who graduate: 55%
  • Fall 2013 acceptance rate: 84%
  • Median ACT score: 24.0
  • Student/teacher ratio: 19:1
  • The Missouri State University student body represents 50 states, 114 Missouri counties and 83 countries.

Tuition and fees

  • Undergraduate in state tuition per credit hour: $204
  • Undergraduate out of state tuition per credit hour: $420
  • Graduate in state tuition per credit hour: $247
  • Graduate out of state tuition per credit hour: $494
  • Average annual cost of room and board: $7,450
  • Additional fees: http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/costs.htm

Faculty and staff

  • Full-time faculty: 794
  • Part-time employees: 1,731
  • Student/teacher ratio: 19:1
  • Full-time employees: 3,868


  • Bachelor’s degree options: 85
  • Graduate degrees offered: 45
  • Graduate certificate programs: 21
  • Specialist degree programs: 2
  • Doctoral programs offered: 3
  • Degrees conferred in 2012: 4,394

Academic Units:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
    • School of Social Work
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • School of Agriculture
  • Missouri State Outreach


  • The Springfield and West Plains campuses are separately accredited by the Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The University is professionally accredited or approved by the following organizations:
AACSB International Council on Social Work Education
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Association of Industrial Technology
American Chemical Society National Association of Schools of Music
American Dietetics Association National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association National Association of Schools of Theatre
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education National Council on Education of the Deaf
Computing Sciences Accreditation Board National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation

Who we are

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a statewide mission in public affairs, composed of three component parts:  ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.  The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences.

Missouri State University-Springfield is a selective admissions, graduate level teaching and research institution. Missouri State University-West Plains is an open admissions campus serving seven counties in south central Missouri. Missouri State University-Mountain Grove serves Missouri’s fruit industry through operation of the State Fruit Experiment Station. Missouri State Outreach provides anytime, anyplace learning opportunities through telecourses, Internet-based instruction and through its interactive video network (BearNet). The University also operates various other special facilities, such as the Darr Agricultural Center in southwest Springfield, the Jordan Valley Innovation Center in downtown Springfield, the Bull Shoals Field Station near Forsyth, Baker’s Acres and Observatory near Marshfield, the Missouri State University Graduate Center in Joplin, and a branch campus at Liaoning Normal University (LNU) in Dalian, China.

Common questions

Q: What is university communications?

  • A: University communications is the primary office responsible for the public relations and media relations efforts of Missouri State University.
    • Media resources include news releases, expert sources guide, photos of administrators and other information about Missouri State University.
    • Campus resources include public relations assistance, promoting accomplishments and research, planning and publicizing events, promoting community services and facilitating internal communication.
    • Community resources include a speakers guide and a database of community services.

Q: I would like to use a Missouri State University logo. Where can I download one?

  • A: A series of official Missouri State marks are available for a variety of applications. Please note with each mark, specific guidelinesare stated.For access to high-resolution marks, contact the office of publicationsat 417-836-4142.Individuals or organizations outside of the University who wish to use the marks for commercial purposes must first obtain licensing clearance through the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).

Q: How do I get a headshot or other photo from the university?

Q: Who do I contact if I need an expert or want to do a story about Missouri State University?

Q: Where can I locate information on the University budget?

For more assistance with these or other questions, contact the office of university communications at 417-836-6397 or universitycommunications@missouristate.edu.