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Future Students

Who you are

Making your story at Missouri State

The Missouri State name knows no bounds. Students come to us from all over the world, and from a wide variety of experiences. Of course, every student’s story doesn’t start the same. So we’re here to help you get your statement thought out, squared away and seen through.

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Future freshmen

Your journey is just getting started. Your first year is all about finding your footing and standing up on your own.

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Transfer students

You’re here to push all your hard work even further. By transferring to Missouri State, you’ll gain more resources, more connections and more experiences on your college journey.

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Graduate students

As a graduate student, you can stake your claim in a research endeavor that matters — to your own career and to the larger world.

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International students

You’ll join a community of more than 1,000 students who hail from countries outside the United States, and discover a welcoming campus environment that supports your dreams.

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Veteran/military students

With 150 veterans who are employees at Missouri State, you’ll find access to the resources that will help you thrive at your new campus home.

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Adult/nontraditional students

It’s never too late to start or finish your degree. We’ll help you cross the finish line with academic advisement, affordable costs and access to flexible online programs.

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Readmitted students

Life happens. You had to go do something else for awhile. We’d love to welcome you back as a student when the time is right, and help you transition back to college.

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Nondegree-seeking students

If you aren’t after a degree and just want to expand your knowledge and skills, we can help you with that, too. Just submit a course enrollment form, and you’ll be on your way.

Welcome to the land of the Bears

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How to make the most of campus

Our main campus is packed with research labs, athletic facilities, landmark traditions and anything an institution with this much energy would need to empower even more.

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Parents and family: You're never too far apart

Follow the journey of your new Bear. Whether you're across the state, country or world, you can stay connected.

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Why we can’t get enough of Springfield

It’s a growing business center with the conveniences of the big city and the welcoming feel of a small town.


We hear you loud and clear

We know college is a major investment. For more than 100 years, we’ve believed that a quality education should be within financial reach of all students. That’s why you’ll find that our total costs are lower than those elsewhere. By reducing your costs, you can focus on what matters most: your education.

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Search scholarships

Find out what you’re eligible for.

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Explore your aid options

Make the most out of your financial aid options and map out a plan that fits you.

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Work and learn

Apply for part-time work and build your résumé to help cover your costs.

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Know your costs

Calculate your costs using our net price calculator.

2018 – 19 national undergraduate tuition averages vs. Missouri State



National average tuition and fees for four-year colleges
Out-of-state public


National average tuition and fees for four-year colleges
In-state public


In-state average tuition and fees for four-year colleges
Missouri State


2019 – 20 MSU tuition and fees for Missouri residents

Come talk with us

No matter where you are in the application process, we’re here to answer any of your questions, talk through options and help you get on your way to making your statement.

Missouri State University
Freshman Admission
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897