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 2017.

  • Total: 3,184
  • Female: 1,933 (60.7%) 
  • Male: 1,251 (39.3%)      

What they plan to study

  • Agriculture: 90 (2.8%)
  • Arts and Letters: 337 (10.6%) 
  • Business: 659 (20.7%)  
  • Education*: 173 (5.4%)
  • Health and Human Services: 741 (23.3%)   
  • Humanities and Public Affairs: 131 (4.1%)     
  • Natural and Applied Sciences: 386 (12.1%) 
  • Undeclared: 667 (20.9%)

* 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: 768 (24.1%)  
  • St. Louis area: 940 (29.5%) students from St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties
  • Kansas City area: 445 (14.0%) students from Clay, Jackson and Platte counties
  • Other Missouri counties: 596 (18.7%)
  • Other states: 405 (12.7%)
  • Other countries: 29 (0.9%)

By the numbers

  • Number in Honors College: 297 (9.3%)
  • Underrepresented students: 467 (14.7%)
  • Living on campus: 2,700 (84.8%)

Additional information

  • Average high school GPA: 3.64
  • Average ACT Composite: 23.93
  • Percentage that finished in the top half of class: 83.8%