Office of Institutional Research

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Research (OIR)

OIR serves as a centralized resource to campus decision-makers and planners by providing an objective standard for determining the extent to which MSU achieves her core mission of educated persons, as well as determining the extent to which MSU achieves her stated goals.

  • 96% of MSU seniors believe MSU provides support for student success (VSA).

  • Studying for a degree teaches you to be an independent thinker, improves your analytical skills, and challenges the way you think about many aspects of life.

  • The earliest roots of Institutional Research date back to the early 1900s.

  • Plans of MSU students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree include: employment (72%), graduate school (20%), starting a family (1%), joining the military (1%), joining volunteer services (1%), and continuing undergraduate studies (1%) (VSA).

  • 92% of MSU seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations (VSA).

  • The United States spends more per student on education than any other country.

  • 85% of students who graduated from college in the last six years are employed.

  • Did you know the MSU student population is over 21,500? That's larger than 94% of the cities in the State of Missouri!

  • Of the top ten colleges and universities in the world, eight are American.

  • MSU hosts more than 1,500 international students on-campus who contribute to the global perspective.

  • More than 420,000 hours of volunteer service are provided by the campus community each year.

  • MSU is one of only 81 institutions the Princeton Review honored as "Colleges with a conscience."

  • MSU has the 7th best pool in the U.S. according to

  • 96% of MSU seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance (VSA).



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records.

All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA. University employees need to understand what information can and cannot be released, and the appropriate procedures for release of student information.