Why Missouri State?

While great cheerleading is important at Missouri State University, it is not our only concern. We promote a positive environment that enhances your personal development for success in life. This is only possible through a program that balances academics, cheerleading and personal time.

The goal for our team is to have fun together doing something that we all love, while also providing encouragement and support to one another. Regardless of our talent level, we steadily progress our skills and fitness level by working hard at practice and outside of practice, and we go out of our way to help our teammates progress.

At games, we support our teams by leading the crowd and making the games fun and exciting. Off the sidelines, we are always in the spotlight and ensure that we represent the university in a positive way at all times. We promote academics by going to class and doing the work and maintaining good grades.flag

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Meet Coach Will Thomas

Will Thomas has been an integral part of the development in cheerleading through SW MO. He has been a part of NCA Staff as a Head Instructor, Choreographer, and Instructor since 2008. He cheered at Missouri State in 2011-2012 and at Missouri Southern State University prior. Read more through the University's press release


Stunt & Recruitment Clinics

Clinics are held during the fall and winter for athletes wanting to furher their skills in a collegiate practice environment. Stay up to date with our social media for upcoming dates. 

Liability Form

If you are a minor participating in a stunt clinic, tryout process, or event with the Missouri State Cheerleaders, please fill out the Liability Form and bring with you. 

Tryout information

Tryout information for 2023-2024 is now available. Stay connected via social media or visit the Tryouts tab. 

Tryouts are held in the spring for the following school year. Tryouts are typically in mid to late April. If deemed necessary an additional tryout will be held in the fall to fill any open positions.

Fall Recruitment, Stunt Clinics, and Open Gyms are scheduled based on the teams' availability. 

Prior to Tryouts, we offer Spring Clinics to cover the material that will be required during the tryout process. These clinics are not mandatory but are highly encouraged to adequately prepare for tryouts.

The Cheerleading Team cheers for Football, Volleyball, and both Men's and Women's Basketball. The team also competes annually at the UCA College Nationals in Orlando, FL each January. The team placed 1st in Division 1 in 2021, 2nd in 2020, 3rd in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and 5th in 2013 and 2014. The team will be competing at NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL for the 2023 Championship. 


Missouri State University offers one of the most competitive benefits packages available to all of our cheerleaders in addition to a great education, living in an awesome college town, enjoying our beautiful campus and cheering at our new athletics facilities.

  • Cheer For Division I Games
  • Full access to MSU trainers
  • Scholarship Ranges: $100 - $750 per year
  • MSU Tutoring Program
  • NCA College Camp: Paid by MSU
  • 4 free tickets to home football games
  • Adidas apparel: Paid by MSU
  • Uniforms and Gear: Paid by MSU
  • Accommodations for away games: Paid by MSU
  • NCA Nationals: Paid by MSU
  • On-campus and off-campus training 
  • Weightroom instruction and usage
  • Travel to MVC Basketball Tournaments