About Missouri State

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About Missouri State

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

The Missouri State University system has four physical campuses:

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By the numbers

The Missouri State community includes:

  • A total of 26,216 students in the Missouri State system, making us the second largest university in the state
  • Exactly 24,350 students enrolled on the Springfield campus
  • Precisely 3,159 students from underrepresented groups, a 5.5 percent increase from the 2016-2017 academic year
  • A top ranking in the state by Missouri students as an ACT top choice
  • 2,750 first-time, new-in-college students from Missouri
  • An average ACT score of 23+ by first-time, full-time students
  • An increase of 4,320 students over the last decade
  • A total of 1,930 students enrolled on the West Plains campus
  • Seven academic colleges and one Graduate College
  • More than 180 bachelor's degree options, 10 of which can be completed entirely online
  • 100 graduate program options, 16 of which can be completed entirely online
  • Almost 4,000 faculty and staff members with 90 percent of full-time ranked faculty holding the most advanced degree in their field
  • More than 1,500 international students studying on the Springfield campus
  • 17 NCAA Division I teams with 58 NCAA championship appearances
  • A total of 120,131 alumni applying their education around the world

Profile of a Bear

Our students:

Our freshmen:

  • Earned an average ACT score north of 23 (state and national averages)
  • Entered with a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher (63 percent)
  • Placed in the top half of their high school classes (83.5 percent)

Go Maroon!

Missouri State spirit includes:

University honors

  • Recipient of the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
  • Named to America‚Äôs Top Colleges list by Forbes magazine
  • Received Best in the Midwest and Green College distinction from The Princeton Review
  • Ranked among Best Colleges: Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report
  • Selected as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University
  • Listed on the President's Roll for Higher Education Community Service
  • Issued a Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System
  • Ranked as having one of the best online education options by Affordable Colleges Foundation
  • Earned a Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation