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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is anything you could want in Springfield! Depending on how much you are willing to spend of course. My "GREAT" rating comes from the amount of high quality food vendors and variety of food. A couple things to remember:

1 Tortillarilla on Sunshine is Awesome. get the chicos tacos

2 the chinese is kinda so-so UNLESS it is from China Wok on Scenic Ave. Quite a drive from campus but it is worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They put the most amount of enforcement possible while allowing students not to feel like they have someone breathing down their neck everywhere they go. Their policy allows group organizations and protests to be easy to organize as well as act through, making a very acceptable political and social enviornment.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I worked hard and earned my University scholarship. I feel like half of college paid for is reasonable and they do offer full ride, though I do feel like the Presidential process is rather unreliable (my suite mate had it but lost). This could reasonably be his own fault. Just stinks and I am probably more sore about it than I should be.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: decent dining hall food with enough variety to not feel repetitive, though panda express once every few weeks doesnt hurt.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I had a great year, though I brought my own room mate from high school and my suite mates were really messy.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I really wish I could have gotten more aid, but my ACT was not high enough.

4 College Student

Campus Food: The food in Garst Dining Hall is amazing. There is a great variety and it lacks nothing in taste.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As I said earlier, the professors are overall great and have a vast knowledge in what they're talking about. The curriculum is academically challenging which is what causes such a huge number of freshman to fail out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are plenty of old buildings, but MSU is forking out the cash to make more state of the art improvements to campus (Two new halls for fall 2015)

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Nearly the entire good vibe of the local atmosphere of Springfield is attributable to its (Six?) post secondary institutions. The city is clearly very down trodden and was ranked the most dangerous city per capita in the United States. I know a lot of minority students do not feel welcome here. There is a huge homeless problem in Springfield. Nightlife is great however and there isn't a need to go into the more dangerous areas of the city to have fun.

3 College Student

Administration: I havent had any real issue with them yet.

3 College Student

Scholarships: it was a long process

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wish I branched out more with my interests to find a wider variety of friends. It's very easy to fall in with people who make partying priority number 1 and it will affect your performance in school if you aren't careful. There seems to be a large number of ex-MSU students in limbo hovering around in the community (this isn't a bad thing really) who are either at OTC or now working full time jobs for one reason or another. It's all just a constant reminder that just because Missouri State accepts a generous amount of students, unless you take your education seriously you will not last here. I like that it is clear that this isn't a "pay the fee get a degree" kind of school which a lot of locals have said that Mizzou is. The night life is awesome and it is easy to have a great night out every weekend.

Yet still, i'm not sure I would have come here if I could do it all over again due to the hassle and logistics of being 1000 miles from home. It makes it incredibly difficult to lug my stuff back home after the year (yes I have to drive half way across the country), and being from a very culturally diverse area being plopped into the middle of Missouri can cause things to feel bland at times as most people have the blue collar good ole' boy attitude (this doesn't mean they aren't accepting). With all that being said it is very easy for an out of state student and for all new students in general to end up out of school without the proper support group of friends and an understanding that priorities lie in more places than the next alcohol run.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Sure Missouri State is easy to get into, but there is a reason 1/4th of the freshman class do not return, the classes are mentally and academically challenging. I haven't had a professor that doesn't clearly know what they're talking about, and all of my classes have at least been on par with the challenge of an above average difficulty high school class. There are plenty of incredibly passionate professors who will teach in a way that even the person who doesn't care at all about the topic will at least perk up their ears and stay awake. Missouri State is a good sized school and has a variety of options of courses to choose from. I know people who take nearly all of their hours online due to work, and there is a class time/schedule for everyone if you put some research into it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of the larger majors have clubs that bring in professionals to recruit and offer opportunities for internships once or twice a month. Professors and advisers are well linked to the professional world and are more often then not willing and capable of finding you an internship.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Plenty of very attractive ladies on campus. If you go out and socialize there is someone for everyone here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although I'm a white guy, which is pretty much the least likely group to experience problems, generally campus is safe. Notifications are posted all over buildings when an incident occurs. Springfield can be dangerous so don't walk around alone on the out skirts of campus late at night, as this is where nearly all incidents happen.

The school security has been heightened recently with the "naked man" incident in Hammons, but they never managed to nab someone for it from what I understand

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are frats with reputations for being ass-hats, but generally non-greeks have a pretty indifferent attitude to greek life, which is huge at Missouri State

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Missouri State's basketball team, which is generally the most popular team on campus, just posted a pretty bad record and had its star player kicked off the team mid year. Football was ranked 24 FCS this past year for a few weeks and looked to be on pace for one of its best seasons in decades, but things collapsed and the team tanked after the mid season mark. Money has been invested into the football team and facilities however, and with the arrival of Dave Stekel from Mizzou, the team can only get better.

If the rating for athletics had been divided by team quality and facility quality, facilities would be 5 star's. While MSU decided to tear up much needed parking lots to put in athletic fields which has brought a lot of hate (you voted for it people), they're top quality and are used all hours of the day and night. I am not an gym rat what so ever and when touring campus the Foster Recreation Center really helped sell me on the idea of coming here. It was recently ranked in the top recreation centers in the country by USA today.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Bear-village just added a brand new load of apartments, there are tons of complexes around campus to choose from regardless of price. The cheaper you get the sketchier it gets and the more you need to be careful about leaving your apartment unlocked.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Springfield is a decent size and plenty of things are open late at night on the weekends. Jimmy John's, Insomnia Cookies, Steak N' Shake, and Hurtz Donuts are all open until the waning hours of the night. Because this is southwestern Missouri bible country, things are dead on Sundays.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Missouri State knows how to party, something is always going on within two blocks of campus Thursday-Friday-Saturday. House parties are awesome, Frat parties are alright during rush week (good luck as a guy outside of rush), and most everyone involved in greek life loves to party. Junior's and Seniors like to boast about the bar scene on Thursday nights and Zan is frequented by plenty of under 21 students on Fridays and Saturdays.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is a "Tobacco free and Dry Campus" only by name. Loads of people smoke cigarettes at night time out on campus and during the day across from University Hall and behind the library and lot 15. On game days the campus is open to drinking for tailgating from 9 AM till game time, which turns the entirety of campus into a party with everyone drinking. The campus police are pretty hands off on game days and its very obvious that all students, not just those over 21 are drinking. Future students shouldn't be alarmed by this as people are always on stand by to make sure things don't get out of hand and tail gating itself is actually quite an enjoyable experience regardless if you are a partier or not.

Drinking in the dorms is very common but dorm "parties" get busted after an hour or two tops. The trash room on most floors is filled with the array of natty and keystone cans on Monday morning. Drinking on campus and getting caught does have its consequences however as the school follows the strike system (two of my suite mates have alcohol charges with the school). Both of my suite mates actually had very positive things to say about the mandatory class they make you attend, saying that the classes aren't a lecture using scare tactics, but rather are used knowing that you aren't going to stop college kids from drinking, but you can educate them to make sure they are safe and know their limits.

Drugs on campus besides people smoking weed in the dorms (pro tip: you will get caught, 100% of the time just go off campus don't make your RA's life difficult) is unheard of. Cop calls on campus are generally kids getting caught smoking weed, but it is rarely an issue

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm from out of state and received a scholarship to attend school here, and had two polarizing experiences with the financial aid system. My experience with submitting my acceptance of the scholarship was fine, financial aid was very responsive to my questions and I had no issues. However, the allocation of my loans and processing of my financial aid itself was a huge headache. I submitted my financial aid to the school the first week of July, and was told by the financial aid office that my financial aid wasn't going to be processed until the end of August, leaving me without funds for school for an entire month. This caused me to not have the proper funds to buy my school books, so I had to pick and choose which books to buy from the many discount textbook locations off campus. Because of this, I bought a book and cd extension for a political science class that ended up with me aimlessly taking quizzes on a MyPolSci account that somehow wasn't connected to my blackboard, a fact that I didn't notice until my final grade dropped from an 86 to a 51% when quiz grades were submitted. (Thankfully my professor was very understanding about it and helped me get a spot in an online class to replace the grade)

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are the biggest way the school forces you to shell out cash. It is required to have some form of meal-plan and boomer meals if you live on campus, and let me tell you, it is NOT worth it what so ever. While boomer meals are useful, the mandatory meal plan options will have you feeling like you just wasted a whole lot of money. First of all, most people I have talked to say that the catering service the school uses is the same thats standard for St Louis area high schools, so expect high school lunch style food. The lunch/dinner hours are a serious inconvenience to many students, with nothing but junk food being served outside of meal hours. Unless you are incredibly frugal and have the intestinal fortitude to handle the repetitive, frequently under and over cooked food multiple times a day, there is absolutely no need to go above a 10 per week meal plan. Everyone I know with a meal plan has no trouble staying under 10 and I've never heard of anyone maxing out for the week. If you go higher than 10 per week and aren't even coming close to using them, you cannot change your plan till the semester is over. As for the dining halls themselves, things are not much better. Garst is a very nice building and is an enjoyable place to be at, but the food quality dips significantly as the semester drags on. The menu becomes far less varied, the food becomes worse, and at times you wonder if they're just running out of supplies back there and just don't feel like restocking until the semester is over to cut costs. That being said, Garst reigns supreme over Blair-Shannon seven days a week and for the first two months of the semester is pretty good. Blair-Shannon dining hall, which I live on top of, is notorious for being crap. The facility is nice besides the noticeable lack of a floor (it's just multi colored slabs of granite that clearly used to have a floor on top of them). The food however is almost always flavorless, not properly cooked, and frequently cold.

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Missouri State University is a great experience for many students. Overall, the campus is really fun and always has activities going on. The classes are challenging, but spark many students' interests, many times in topics students normally wouldn't give a second thought. The classes definitely prepare students for their professions of choice and the real world, in general.

If students could have a "do over," many would take it in a second and go through freshman and sophomore years all over again. Not only is there knowledge gained in the classroom, but through "real life" experiences and student organizations, as well. The specific courses greatly prepare students for their future careers. Missouri State is so unique because the campus size itself is rather small, but there is a large amount of students (and a large amount of spirit).

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