Student Life and Campus Living

It is our goal at Missouri State to help students make their Missouri Statement. While we believe that our strong academic programs play a vital role in this mission, we also believe that student life activities are an important aspect of student development.

Campus recreation

Campus recreation promotes physical activity and wellness to enrich your student’s university learning experience. Specifically, campus recreation offers:

Students who pay the student service fees at the MSU-Springfield campus will enjoy membership to the Foster Recreation Center at no additional cost.


The Missouri State campus is home to 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams. One of the benefits of being a student at Missouri State is that, with the exception of baseball and ice hockey, students do not have to purchase tickets to regular season home athletic events.

Maroon Madness, our official student body pep organization, is the perfect home for sports fanatics. You can even join your student for free tailgating at BearFest Village prior to home football games.

Residence halls

Missouri State’s office of residence life, housing and dining services is dedicated to providing beneficial learning opportunities in addition to positive, memorable on-campus living experiences.

There are seven different residence halls where freshmen can live. These include:

Each residence hall has Internet access, basic cable, a small computer lab, a kitchen area if your student wants to cook his or her own meal (or brownies for the new roommate’s birthday), laundry facilities and study rooms.

Dining centers

Three dining centers on campus provide several locations for students to grab some food: Blair-Shannon Dining Center, Garst Dining Center and Kentwood Hall. Students may eat at any dining center using their BearPass Card and meal plan.