Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Freshman admission requirements

To be considered for admission directly from an accredited high school, you must meet the following minimum high school coursework requirements and selection index.

Do I meet the high school core curriculum?

The high school core curriculum requirement is based on recommendations of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. If you earned high school credit for courses taken prior to your freshman year, you will receive credit toward high school core requirements if the previously earned credit is included on your official high school transcript.

What's the selection index?

If you have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, then you meet the selection index requirements and a test score is not needed for admission purposes. If you do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, please refer to the selection index requirements described below.

Class Rank Percentile GPA
(on a 4.00 scale)
ACT Composite or ACT Superscore SAT Total or SAT Superscore Total
56 or above 3.00 or above Test score optional Test score optional
48 to 55 2.85 to 2.99 21 1060
40 to 47 2.63 to 2.84 22 1100
34 to 39 2.50 to 2.62 23 1130
Below 34 Below 2.50 Not admissible

I don’t meet the selection index. Are there any alternatives?

As a selective admission institution, our goal is to admit students with demonstrated potential for academic success. We recognize that some students have potential for success not clearly evident through standard measures of class rank, grade point average and test scores. If you do not meet the requirements listed above, please review our freshman admission alternatives.

The Missouri State University system includes an open admission campus in West Plains. Students who do not qualify for admission to the Springfield campus may begin at the West Plains campus, which offers programs that enable students to transfer seamlessly to Springfield. For information on the West Plains campus, please visit or call 417-255-7955.

I’m not a freshman. What are my admission requirements?

Dates to put on your calendar

Date Deadline
  • May 1 — National Day of Decision; let us know your choice.
  • May 1 — Reserve your spot in our incoming class! Complete the "Reply to Offer of Admission" form via your application status portal. Then pay the $150 enrollment deposit.
June, July, August
  • Aug. 19–21 - Welcome Weekend
  • Aug. 22 - Classes begin