Missouri State University

Missouri State University


Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The University’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Missouri State is a first-gen friendly institution devoted to the success of our many first generation college students.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship

Value: $5,000 per year. Total potential value over four years: $20,000. Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of non-resident fees for fall and spring semesters. In addition to receiving the scholarship, recipients will participate in the Missouri State Inclusive Excellence program. Application: Complete the Missouri State Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Application and apply for admission by December 1. https://www.missouristate.edu/secure/financialaid/InclusiveExcellenceApp.htm Selection criteria: Rank in the upper one-half of their class (or 3.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale) at the end of the sixth semester and have demonstrated leadership in multicultural school or community activities or organizations. Learn more about Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid MSU: Real L.I.F.E

Mission Statement "To help equip Missouri State students with basic financial knowledge, encourage smart borrowing, assist delinquent borrowers in rehabilitating loans, and focus on brand expansion both online and on-campus" Because this is Real LIFE Learn more about MSU: Real L.I.F.E

Summer Bridge & Orientation New Student and Family Programs

The mission of Missouri State parent and family programs is to provide parents and family members an opportunity to play an active supporting role in the education of their student, to provide forum for fellowship and networking with other parents, and to further the educational goal of Missouri State University by improving communication between parents and the University community. Services: Parent and family programs provides parents and family members of Missouri State students with several great services. 1. We inform members about Missouri State programs, services, and events through our Family Connection blog, our webpage, our Facebook page, Twitter, special emails, and other communication channels. 2. We invite members to attend special parent and family events such as our annual Family Weekend. 3. We provide opportunities to participate in Missouri State programs, assume leadership roles, and support important Missouri State parent and family programs initiatives. 4. We help serve as a first point of contact for parents and family members, help them answer questions, and direct them to appropriate departments and resources for further assistance. Helping with the transition to MSU Students aren’t the only ones making an adjustment to college life—family members transition, too! Our family orientation program is designed to help families of our new you understand your changing role and support your student through his or her own transition. Parents and family members can do a great deal to help students transition. The family orientation program at our SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration program) runs alongside, but separately from, the student program. As a family member, you will attend some portions of the program with your student but will spend most of your time in sessions designed to meet your specific needs. There is a breakout session for families of first generation students to learn about services and opportunities at MSU. Learn more about New Student and Family Programs

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Programs

First-Year Programs is committed to assist new students in achieving a successful transition to Missouri State University’s community of scholars. GEP 101 is an integrative and interdisciplinary experience which addresses public affairs issues and individual choices promoting academic success. The course is required for all new students to MSU. We have dedicated sections of GEP 101 to first generation students taught by faculty and staff dedicated to the student success. The goal of these specialized sections is to Improve overall retention and the college experience of first generation college students. Learn more about First Year Programs

Scholars & Leadership TRIO

TRIO fosters student growth through academic and cultural enrichment, social interaction, and service to others. TRIO is primarily an academic support program and as such offers the following support services to qualified students who have applied and been accepted into the program: Tutoring Reading/Study Skills Assistance Career Exploration Academic Advising Personal Assistance Financial aid paperwork assistance Assistance with your scholarship search Volunteer Opportunities Leadership Opportunities Learn more about TRIO

Academic Courses & Service Learning The Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing)

The Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing) links students, faculty, and staff to campus provided resources to encourage and assist with their academic success. Learn more about The Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing)

Student Life & Support First Generation @ Missouri State

Website devoted to providing first generation college students and their families information about Missouri State University and how to succeed at college. Information related to academic help, financial help and family experience can be found on this mobile friendly website. Learn more about First Generation @ Missouri State

Student Life & Support Career Center

In the Career Center, many of us hear the question, "Don't you help just the juniors and seniors?" Our answer is, "We help ALL students-freshman through graduate-as well as alumni." Our mission is to prepare students to make responsible career decisions, and this preparation begins at the freshman level. Just as all people are unique, our career needs are also unique. Some of you will quickly declare an academic major, and some will have no idea what to select. Some of you may be reentering the workforce, and some may be thinking of changing careers. The Career Center can help you gain self-understanding and explore occupational options. You can take self-assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs, the Self-Directed Search, or Focus 2, to name a few. You may want to participate in a career shadowing experience, which will enable you to observe and interview professionals in their workplace. You also may want to enroll in one of our two-credit career development courses. These courses are offered each fall and spring semester and provides opportunity for students to interact with others who are also exploring their career paths. Why Use the Career Center? By using the Career Center’s services, students learn how to take control of and manage their career development. The Career Center’s role is primarily educational: students learn career-planning and job-search techniques that they will use not only during college and immediately after graduation, but throughout their career life. Learn more about Career Center

Student Life & Support Multicultural Programs

Get involved: Let Multicultural Programs help you get engaged on campus and in the community. Multicultural Programming: The Office of Multicultural Programs coordinates student programs to enhance academic performance, ethical leadership, community engagement, cultural competence and social awareness. LGBT Resource Center: Visit the LGBT Resource Center to find out more about campus and community resources and events. Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex: Experience the newest extension of the Multicultural Resource Center, located in the basement of Freddy House. Community Outreach: Multicultural Programs provides resources for educational and occupational partnerships Learn more about Multicultural Programs

Student Life & Support MSU: I'm First

The goal of MSU: I’m First is to provide resources and support for first generation college students, to assist in their transition to university life and to help them succeed through graduation. Additional First Generation College student info can be found at https://www.missouristate.edu/firstgeneration/. Learn more about MSU: I'm First

Student Diversity

  • 17,906
  • 41/59
  • 34%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 79%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 55%
    Six-year graduation
  • 47%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 86%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 27%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 729
    Full-time faculty
  • 91
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 19:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Education, Nursing, Agriculture, Psychology, Communications, Art & Design, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Advocates, African Student Association (ASA), American Indian Student Association (A.I.S.A), Asian American Pacific Islander Organization, Association of Black Collegians (ABC), MSU: I'm First (I'm First), Spectrum, Leading in Education to Approach Latinos (L.E.A.L), Sister Circle, Brother to Brother, La Barraca,


Cost of Attendance

  • $13,930
  • $7,060
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $8,130
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $130,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 78%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,044
    # of applicants
  • 85%
  • 3.61
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 480—610
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—600
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • n/a
    Regular application closing date
  • $35
    Application Fee
  • $35
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date