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About Missouri State University

Missouri State University is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State University was founded in 1905 and now enrolls around 23,504 students a year, including 19,620 undergrads.

Missouri State University offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

For each full-time professor, there are about 20 undergraduates enrolled at Missouri State University.

2021 Missouri State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Average GPA 3.7

2022 Missouri State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

All regular decision applicants should hear back from Missouri State University by June 1.

Missouri State University Early Admission

Missouri State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Missouri State University

It is moderately difficult to get into Missouri State University. Around 87% of applicants get into Missouri State University each year. Out of 9,591 applications received in 2021, 8,303 students were offered admission.

Missouri State University Waitlist 2021

Missouri State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Missouri State University?

Missouri State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Missouri State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Missouri State University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

Missouri State University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Missouri State University is 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Missouri State University.

Does Missouri State University Require the ACT or SAT?

Missouri State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 9% submitted the SAT. 89% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Missouri State University

Yes! Missouri State University provides on-campus housing for students.

Missouri State University students are active in the school's Residence Hall Association, Campus Ministries and Fraternity and Sorority Life. New Student Festival, Homecoming, and and Bear Bash are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Missouri State University.

Financial Aid at Missouri State University

Missouri State University meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Missouri State University full-time are awarded $13,211 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Missouri State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Missouri State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Missouri State University, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,826 students who started at Missouri State University as first-time freshman, 998 graduate within four years.

Around 58% of students who started at Missouri State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Missouri State University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,075 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Missouri State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Missouri State University a good school for you?

Interested in Applying to Missouri State University?

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Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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Where is Missouri State University Located?

Missouri State University is located in the suburban setting of Springfield, Missouri.

If you want to see Missouri State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 44 to Springfield, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Springfield-Branson National.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Missouri State University and Springfield are like without leaving home.

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College Info

901 South National Springfield, MO 65897

Campus Setting: Suburban

Missouri State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 20

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Missouri State University is Jul 20.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Missouri State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

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Missouri State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1200


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


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510 - 610

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Missouri State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Missouri State University is like? There are approximately 23,504 students enrolled at Missouri State University, including 19,620 undergraduate students and 3,884 graduate students. 67% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from MO and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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