Academics

Location
Springfield, MO
Undergrads
13,465
Tuition (in-state)
$13,138 ($6,792)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Freshman workload is appropriate for discipline. There are many opportunities to form study groups. There are many options for extracurricular activities and the gym facility is exceptional. Job opportunities on campus are limited.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes have been great and the professors have been knowledgeable and easy to work with in regards to assignments and overall communication. The workload is appropriate. The registration process was not difficult.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are lead by a strong faculty. I believe that the price is very well adjusted for the mentoring and experiences you earn here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am consistently learning and growing in the music department. Sure, the facilities aren't top notch and Ellis seems like a hundred miles away from Wehr Band Hall, but i'm having a lot of fun and being challenged daily.

College Freshman

Academics: I am undecided but I would to do advertising. Or event planning. I like organizing places for my my friends and I to go as a big group

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 276th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 340th
    Best Course Variety
  • 366th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 528th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

In four years, Missouri State turns freshmen just out of high school into respectable individuals who are ready to hit the workforce. The University offers more than 150 undergraduate programs to choose from. There are plenty of classes in many different areas if you are undecided about your career path upon arrival to the University; plus, there are a number of general education courses that are required, as well. Usually, freshmen enroll in these classes to help direct them down a career path. While these classes are sometimes viewed as unnecessary and boring, they are required for a reason.

Professors at the University are easily accessible and always ready to help students. The professors are very enthusiastic and obviously love their jobs. Classes vary in size, with some of the lecture classes consisting of 200 students and others consisting of 20 to 30 students. The smaller class sizes are a huge benefit because teachers have more opportunities to help and develop a relationship with every student. Academic advisers will quickly become your best friends. Advisers are assigned to students based on majors and have tons of knowledge about the courses offered by the University. Overall, there are plenty of places and people to go to if students need help or advice about academics.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
689
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
332
Total FT Faculty
701
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$61,989
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
26%
Transfer-Out Rate
31%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
141
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 27%
  • 20 to 49 students: 61%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • 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
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Missouri State offers a wide variety of online courses during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer. Courses vary by department, anywhere from accounting to English to political science. Courses are outlined, not self-paced, and teachers are easy to contact through e-mail and Blackboard.
Best Places to Study
  • Cheek Hall
  • Meyer Library
  • Study carrels
Tips to Succeed
Use the facilities offered by the University. The Writing Center and math tutor lab are great places to go for help.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 73% John Goodman
  • 7% Ryan Howard
  • 7% John Q. Hammons
  • 7% Kathleen Turner
  • 7% Jackie Stiles

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