Missouri State University

Stay close and go far with Missouri State

The gem in your backyard

Think you have to go away to get the college experience? Think again!

See why local students choose to stay close and go far with Missouri State.

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Molly Stewart

Sophomore Professional Writing major from Springfield

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Meet local Missouri State students

Sam Zimmer
Sam Zimmer

Transfer Chemistry major from Rogersville

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Jake Lamkins

Transfer Administrative Management major from Lebanon

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Alexandria Killion
Alexandria Killion

Sophomore Pre-Med major from Springfield

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You're in good company

Think you’ll be the only local student to attend Missouri State? You won’t be. One out of every five freshmen are from Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk and Webster counties. And, our local students are high quality, with an average GPA of 3.73 and an average ACT of 24.7.

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Unbeatable value

Our required student fees are right at the average for public colleges in Missouri. Our room and board rates are among the very lowest in the state. Our combined cost of fees and room and board makes our total cost of attendance compare very well with any other public institution in the state.

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Living on campus

While many of our local students choose to live at home and commute, many also take advantage of living on campus for a “whole college experience.” Over 34% of our local students live in our residence halls, which offer award-winning programming and great experiences.