Admission Requirements and Deadlines


For many of our incoming students, their first semester in college will be right after their final semester of high school. If this describes you, then you will need to meet our selection index and high school course requirements.

If you have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.00+, congratulations — you are guaranteed admission, as long as you have taken our required high school courses. This means you don’t need to send us an ACT or SAT test score for admission purposes. However, you may consider sending test scores to possibly qualify for freshman scholarships.

Just a little short of the GPA requirement? We would be happy to consider you based on other achievements.

What's the selection index?

It may sound confusing, but the selection index helps determine your potential for success at Missouri State. Check out the chart below:

Class Rank Percentile GPA
(on a 4.00 scale)
ACT Composite or ACT Superscore SAT Total or SAT Superscore Total
Not required 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

How do I use this chart?

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

We understand that grades and test scores are only part of the picture. Please review our freshman admission alternatives to learn about options open to you.

Sometimes, we have to make tough decisions. Denying your admission might be one of them. If this happens to you, there is always the option to apply to our open admission campus in West Plains. Thanks to cooperative programs, you can transfer back to the main Springfield campus with ease. Find out more by visiting or calling 417-255-7955.

Do I have the required high school courses?

Most students don’t have any trouble with this part. But it’s a good idea to double-check what you’ve completed and what you still need to do before you graduate. You can review Missouri State’s course requirements below:

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

Our students come to us from all different places, bringing energy and a little unexpectedness to our campus. Check out the admission guidelines that apply to you.

Dates to put on your calendar

Date Deadline
  • Fall 2024 early housing assignments become available.
June, July, August


We're here to help! Contact the Office of Admissions at or 417-836-5517.

You are also welcome (and encouraged!) to connect with your admissions representative. Think of this person as your go-to guide for all things Missouri State, from navigating the college search to tips for your first day of classes.