Founded in 1905 and now the second largest university in Missouri, Missouri State University hosts a student body of over 24,000. The international student population is 1,500 from 81 countries. 23 percent of all Missouri State University students live on campus.
Missouri State University has six academic faculties: College of Arts and Letters, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Missouri State University also includes the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, the Graduate College and three branch campuses in Mountain Grove, West Plains and Dalian, China.
Missouri State University employs 4,000 faculty and staff members, with nearly 90 percent of faculty members holding the highest ranking degree in their field.
In the athletic field, Missouri State University is a NCAA Division I university, boasting 47 NCAA championship appearances since the 1980s. Our mascot is the Grizzly Bear, named Boomer. Learn more about Missouri State University.
Main CampusSpringfield, Missouri, United States20,000+ on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in SpringfieldLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Centrally located in the beautiful and historic Ozarks, the city of Springfield boasts a population of 165,000 and is the third largest city in Missouri. Springfield offers students small town charm, with metropolitan amenities. Springfield is located 166 miles south of Kansas City and 217 miles southwest of St. Louis.
MSU has more than 300 student organizations across academic, cultural, political, professional, religious, service, sport and social themes that are open to international students. The Study Away Office organizes monthly events for students to experience the surrounding area. Past trips have included: The City Museum and Six Flags in St. Louis, MO; Talking Rocks Caverns around Eureka Springs, AR; Acrobats of China and the Dixie Stampede shows in Branson, MO; and The Springfield Cardinals Baseball Game and Missouri State Basketball Games.
There is a brand new fitness center on campus equipped with basketball courts, an indoor track, racquetball courts, treadmills, weights, swimming pool and more! Membership to the Fitness Center is included in ISEP benefits, and students also receive free admission to all home athletic sporting events.
The Office of Student Engagement sponsors an Alternative Spring Break in March of each year. Groups of students travel to a specified location in the U.S. and participate in service for one week. Past trips have traveled to Illinois, Tennessee and other various locations. Students interested in volunteering in the local Springfield community may want to consider participating in SGA’s Alternative Spring Break, where students stay in Springfield to volunteer during their Spring Break. Service options may include helping children with homework, tutoring, sharing a meal with the homeless or assisting in an after-school program. Other opportunities to volunteer in Springfield are available to students throughout the semester.