Campus Life and Traditions

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Live like a Bear

Campus thrums with an electric energy. You’ll always find something to do.

And you’ll find a community of people who love what you love. Missouri State is a welcoming, inclusive community with 375+ organizations.

You can join a group focused on:

  • Arts and entertainment.
  • Academic and professional areas.
  • Greek life.
  • Health and wellness.
  • Politics and issues.
  • Faith and spirituality
  • Recreation, games, sports and activities.
  • Culture, identity and heritage.
  • Service and volunteerism.
  • Leadership and personal growth.
  • MSU spirit and traditions.

We also have live music, engaging speakers, comedy, movies, pool parties and much more.

Get involved

Uphold tradition

We also find reasons to celebrate being a Bear all year long. It all starts at Welcome Weekend, the best way to reunite on campus before the start of the fall semester. And each spring we celebrate our beloved fountain returning on Fountain Day.

And every BearWear Friday, we wear maroon and white (as well as many other days, of course).

Find out what's happening at Missouri State

A Bear's habitat

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Be close to your classes, friends and hangout spots. You’ll also get cable, Wi-Fi, 24-hour computer labs and free laundry facilities in our 10+ housing options.

Two officers among a crowd of students at large event

A police substation, well-lit walkways, security cameras and swipe-card access to residence halls will make you feel safe. You'll also receive notifications if there's an emergency or school is closed.

Clinician places blood pressure cuff on female student's arm

You can see a doctor, get a checkup or fill prescriptions at our on-campus clinic. We have doctors, nurses, specialists and pharmacists dedicated to providing medical care to Bears.

Students gather to eat in dining hall

Dining services offers options for everyone, including healthy balanced meals, vegan/vegetarian meals and choices for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.