Our Community: Springfield

People hanging out on the square in downtown Springfield

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri

166,000+ people live in the city limits

456,000+ people live in the five-county metropolitan statistical area

Temperature averages:

  • Spring 45°-67° F
  • Summer 65°-88° F
  • Fall 46°-67° F
  • Winter 24°-45° F

Your playground: The Ozarks region

We are located in the Ozarks, a place known for natural beauty and outdoor activities. We can even help you get out and explore: MSU students can rent canoes, kayaks, sleeping bags, tents and other outdoor equipment from Campus Recreation.

Free shuttle

See Springfield from the Bear Line! Catch a free shuttle. They go all around campus — including the downtown buildings.

My Springfield: students’ favorite things to do

Thomas Orr

“My favorite thing to do in town is attend Springfield Cardinals baseball games.”

Thomar Orr
Accounting major from Chesterfield, Missouri

Samantha Siebert

“I really love going to the monthly First Friday Art Walks to check out the creative side of Springfield. Sometimes there is even live music on the square!”

Samantha Siebert
Mass media/media production major from Fenton, Missouri

Tyler Adams

“Grab some friends and go downtown to get food! There is great sushi, doughnuts, gelato and much more.”

Tyler Adams
Finance major from Mokane, Missouri

Richard Garcia

“I love using the Ozark Greenways trails, which are all around Springfield, as my running trails. They’re popular spots for cycling, and I’m personally a huge fan of seeing people walking their dogs on the trails!”

Richard Garcia
Marketing major from Marshall, Missouri

Macy Hankel

“I love the plethora of thrift stores in Springfield. I thrift nearly every weekend!”

Macy Hankel
Middle school education major from Rogersville, Missouri

Kien Nguyen

“I love discovering new restaurants around town. They never fail to surprise me!”

Kien Nguyen
English/literature major from Hanoi, Vietname