Missouri State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Missouri State University

Situated in Springfield, Missouri State University is the second-largest university in Missouri. The institution has a large selection of 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 21 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The Missouri State University Bears play in NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference for most sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 23,697 (20,138 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male/58% Female
  • 74% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,750 (in-state); $15,910 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,250
  • Room and Board: $8,808
  • Other Expenses: $4,401
  • Total Cost: $22,209 (in-state); $30,369 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,650
    • Loans: $6,527

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 30%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Overview of Missouri State University Admissions

Admissions at Missouri State are open–less than two out of ten applicants were rejected in 2019. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

  • Missouri State University Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500/630
    • SAT Math: 518/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/26
    • ACT English: 21/27
    • ACT Math: 20/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Missouri State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Missouri State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Missouri State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Missouri State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Missouri State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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