Freshman Student Profile

Defining a Missouri State freshman Bear

Want to know what your fellow freshman students are like? The information below provides a detailed profile of the freshman students who enrolled for fall 2015.

  • Total: 3,178
  • Female: 2,015 (63.4%) 
  • Male: 1,163 (36.6%)      

What they plan to study

  • Agriculture: 102 (3.2%)
  • Arts and Letters: 401 (12.6%) 
  • Business: 614 (19.3%)  
  • Education*: 168 (5.3%)
  • Health and Human Services: 726 (22.8%)   
  • Humanities and Public Affairs: 159 (5.0%)     
  • Natural and Applied Sciences: 368 (11.6%) 
  • Undeclared: 640 (20.1%)

* Includes only students in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and special education. Students in secondary education are included with the subject areas they plan to teach.

Where they’re from

  • Southwest Missouri: 845 (26.6%)  
  • St. Louis area: 857 (27.0%) students from St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties
  • Kansas City area: 387 (12.2%) students from Clay, Jackson and Platte counties
  • Other Missouri counties: 673 (21.2%)
  • Other states: 377 (11.9%)
  • Other countries: 39 (1.2%)

By the numbers

  • Number in Honors College: 333 (10.5%)
  • Underrepresented students: 458 (14.4%)
  • Living on campus: 2,692 (84.7%)

Additional information

  • Average high school GPA: 3.64
  • Average ACT Composite: 23.96
  • Percentage that finished in the top half of class: 85.9%