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 2016.

  • Total: 3,126
  • Female: 1,909 (61.1%) 
  • Male: 1,217 (38.9%)      

What they plan to study

  • Agriculture: 95 (3.0%)
  • Arts and Letters: 361 (11.5%) 
  • Business: 640 (20.5%)  
  • Education*: 167 (5.3%)
  • Health and Human Services: 718 (23.0%)   
  • Humanities and Public Affairs: 167 (5.3%)     
  • Natural and Applied Sciences: 334 (10.7%) 
  • Undeclared: 644 (20.6%)

* 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: 796 (25.5%)  
  • St. Louis area: 960 (30.7%) students from St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties
  • Kansas City area: 365 (11.7%) students from Clay, Jackson and Platte counties
  • Other Missouri counties: 614 (19.6%)
  • Other states: 366 (11.9%)
  • Other countries: 25 (0.8%)

By the numbers

  • Number in Honors College: 331 (10.6%)
  • Underrepresented students: 454 (14.5%)
  • Living on campus: 2,700 (86.4%)

Additional information

  • Average high school GPA: 3.64
  • Average ACT Composite: 23.99
  • Percentage that finished in the top half of class: 85.0%