Housing, Dining and Campus Life


Move-in operations will occur over multiple days in August. Safety measures will be in place, including:

  • Centralized check-in process.
  • COVID‑19 screening ​​​​​​​will be conducted. Student testing is required and will be provided on location at no charge prior to moving in, unless one of the following is provided:
    • Proof of vaccination.
    • Proof of having tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of move in and being released by the public health authority.
    • Proof of having a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of move in.
  • ​​​​​​​Bear Crew move-in volunteers are back to assist students.

For more information, contact residence life at 417-836-5536.


Residence life has established plans to create an environment that supports the health and safety of students and the larger campus community.

Key elements include:

  • Providing hand sanitizer for residents.
  • Implementing visitation guidelines to minimize possible exposure. Visitors must remain in the lobby, and overnight guests are prohibited.
  • Requiring card access entry 24/7 in order to minimize the number of people passing through residence hall lobbies and common areas.
  • Quarantine or isolation housing is available for students living on campus who are required to quarantine or isolate.

For more information, contact residence life at 417-836-5536.


Dining hall hours will be posted on the Dine on Campus app and will remain consistent throughout the semester. Retail dining hours in Plaster Student Union, Meyer Library, Glass Hall and Strong Hall will also be posted on the Dine on Campus app.

Some of the precautions include:

  • All checkout registers have customer-facing card swiping devices.
  • The use of ID cards, bank debit and credit cards will be encouraged to minimize cash handling.
  • Blair-Shannon and Garst dining halls will be cash free.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers and stations will be available for increased access for all guests.
  • To-go meal options will also be available at Blair-Shannon and Garst dining halls.
  • Grab & Go will be available at our Market Place located in Meyer Library and Strong Hall.

Contact dining services at 417-836-3057 for more information.

Events and gatherings

All campus events are to be held in accordance with all university, local, state and health department guidance for gatherings.

Athletics will also adhere to NCAA guidelines as they relate to the conduct of events for all sports.

Each event organizer will be required to input their event request in EMS, the university’s space and event management software. Every event occurring on campus must be listed in EMS.

Contact event and meeting services at 417-836-5653 for more information.


The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It will have limited hours on Sunday, Aug. 22 to accommodate students moving into the residence halls.

Contact the bookstore at Bookstore@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-5403 for more information.

University recreation

The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center and the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields are open.

Operation of the fitness center, the climbing wall, the aquatic center and athletic fields is contingent on the department’s ability to meet state requirements for monitoring, distancing and sanitation.

Campus recreation programs such as BearFit, intramural and club sports, and outdoor trips will be available and conducted within local city guidelines and university policy.

Contact campus recreation at 417-836-5334 for more information.


The Bear Line shuttles are in operation. The Bear Line is an efficient way to get across campus. 

Face coverings will be required to ride the Bear Line.

Learn more about the Bear Line or contact transportation at 417-836-5266.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) at Missouri State has created a plan for face-to-face interactions during recruitment and new membership intake this fall.

Contact FSL at 417-836-4386 for more information.