Arrive and Check In at SOAR

Local Highway Construction

Large portions of Highway 65 will be closed July 10 through early September as the Springfield area makes improvements to its infrastructure.

Learn more about the project and routes 

Approaching campus from the north: Use I-44 until the Glenstone exit.
Approaching campus from the south: Use Hwy 65 until Hwy 60 west.

We want your trip to Missouri State University as easy and enjoyable as possible – and that starts on the road. Safe travels!


Directions to SOAR parking

From the north on Highway 13 (Kansas City area)

  1. Stay on Highway 13 from Clinton — which becomes Kansas Expressway as you reach Springfield — until you reach Chestnut Expressway.
  2. Turn left (east) and follow Chestnut Expressway for approximately two miles.
  3. Turn right (south) on National Avenue.
  4. Turn right (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  5. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

From the east on I-44 (St. Louis area)

  1. Exit I-44 at the US 65 south exit for Branson.
  2. Stay on US 65 (south) 2.5 miles. Take the Chestnut Expressway exit.
  3. Turn right (west) and stay on Chestnut Expressway about 2.7 miles until you reach National Avenue.
  4. Turn left (south) and follow National Avenue approximately one mile.
  5. Turn right (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  6. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

From the west on I-44 (from the Joplin/Tulsa area)

  1. Exit I-44 at the Chestnut Expressway exit and turn right (east).
  2. Continue on Chestnut Expressway until you reach National Avenue.
  3. Turn right (south) on National Avenue.
  4. Turn right (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  5. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

From the north or south on US 65

  1. Exit US 65 at the Chestnut Expressway exit.
  2. Go west on Chestnut Expressway about 2.7 miles to National Avenue.
  3. Turn left (south) and follow National Avenue approximately one mile.
  4. Turn right (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  5. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

From the east on US 60

  1. Exit US 60 (or James River Expressway) at the National Avenue exit.
  2. Turn right (north) and follow National Avenue approximately 3.5 miles to the Missouri State campus.
  3. Turn left (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  4. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

From the Springfield-Branson National Airport

  1. When exiting the terminal, turn left (east) on EE Highway/Division.
  2. Continue on Division for 3 miles.
  3. Turn right (south) on West Bypass for one mile.
  4. Turn left (east) on Chestnut Expressway.
  5. Continue on Chestnut Expressway for 4.1 miles, then turn right (south) on National Avenue.
  6. Continue on National Avenue for about 1 mile.
  7. Turn right (west) on Bear Boulevard, the main entrance to the University.
  8. Turn right (north) on Florence Avenue. Parking for SOAR will be located in lot 9, directly behind Woods House.

Directions using Google Maps™

For detailed directions from your specific location to Lot 9, click the Google Maps™ link below and enter your starting location. The route will bring you to SOAR parking in Lot 9.

Google Maps Directions


Directions using a GPS receiver

For directions directly to Lot 9 on the Missouri State campus, enter the following destination address:

1126 E. Harrison St. 
Springfield, MO 65807-1596

Parking

Parking will be available in Lot 9, directly north of Woods House. Those who park in any other reserved, metered, or visitors’ parking spaces or lots will be ticketed.

A parking pass is included in the SOAR e-confirmation packet downloadable upon registration. Place this parking pass in your vehicle's dashboard upon arrival. 


Check-in

Students taking the math placement exam

If you will be taking the math placement exam, arrive in the Plaster Student Union lobby by 8:15 a.m. Late arrivals will need to schedule an appointment with the mathematics department to take the exam.

Once the exam is completed, a SOAR leader will escort you to SOAR check-in.

General check-in procedures

For two-day sessions

Check-in for the SOAR program is from 8:15-9:50 a.m.in Hutchens House. Staff will provide you with keys to your overnight room assignment and answer any questions you have before guiding you to the Plaster Student Union to complete the check in process.

View the two-day schedule

For one-day sessions

Check-in for the SOAR program is from 8:15-9:50 a.m.in the lobby of the Plaster Student Union.  

Overnight accommodations are not available to students or families attending our one-day SOAR sessions in January and August, for June summer school. Visit our Overnight Accommodations page for more information.

View the one-day schedule