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Missouri State University-Springfield Reviews

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  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 out of 23 people found this review useful. 1 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I went there thinking I knew what I wanted to do, but ended up changing. This is a good undecided major school along with those who aren't positive. The business school and other departments are also top notch!

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a perfect school for anyone looking for a school with a bunch of FRIENDLY people, but yet a compact academic side of campus. Especially as an undergraduate student, the classes are manageable, small (no more than 200 EVER...mostly smaller than 75), and definitely a bang for the buck!

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone wanting to go to a university in a fairly large town but not be overwhelmed by a large campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come check out the campus and see if it is a place you can call home for awhile.

    Bang for the buck

    I am receiving the education I need for the future. The campus has a tram we can ride to downtown which saves gas money.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are lots of things to do on campus and around town.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot about my physical body and nutrition in our PE Class and about the world economy in my Economics class. Textiles has been interesting to see the different kinds of material that clothes can be made from. Art has been a learning process with the different mediums we used this sememster.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Small town kids trying to get into a bigger city, but not wanting St. Louis. Art majors of all types. And kids trying to get away from the big city but not wanting to be in the middle of nowhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the dorm life, make those lasting friendships, and find your niche. There's always something to do, the trick is knowing what is a good idea to do.

    Bang for the buck

    Inexpensive, but you won't get much aid if your GPA and ACT scores aren't up to snuff, regardless of financial need, though this the situation with most colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's always plenty to do and the Campus is full of freindly people. The town itself is the perfect intersection of small town charm and city life.

    Am learning a lot

    Varied courses for those wishing to apply themselves at different levels.

  • 12/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 4 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    MSU is great for students that want to live in a large town, but not be overwhelmed. There is a small-town feel that is easy to get around. There are many majors available and the agriculture department is really great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but be diligent in your studies. Be involved on campus. Join a fraternity or sorority; or at least some form of an organization. I did and do not regret it at all.

    Bang for the buck

    MSU provides a great college experience at affordable prices. There are scholarships offered and it is easy to apply. The classroom size is really great because they are not very big. There is a great instructor-student relationship that can be formed.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus at Missouri State University- Springfield is really easy to get around. By the few days I was here, I could find things very easily and have no trouble. The thing I love about our campus the most is the fact that it does not take a long time to get across campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The instructors are great. The instructors I have are all willing to help outside of class, if you ask them. Most provide a great learning environment and teach classes in an intelligent manner.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Almost anyone, they have a lot of different majors, as well as pre-vet and pre-engineering courses. The agriculture department is excellent, as well as the music department. They also offer a variety of science class, and have a nursing program, just to list a few of the majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Missouri State University is a really good college, with opportunities for almost everyone. They have many different types of clubs, and many chances to get involved. They offer a wide variety of classes, and lots of different majors.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Am enjoying being here

    Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri, the 3rd largest city in the state. I come from a small town, so going to school in Springfield is great! It has all the perks of a city, with the feel of small town. At MSU, there are always events and activities that I can get involved in on campus. It is a great campus and has a lot of great students. I have made a lot of new friends and I always have a lot of fun at college.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at Missouri State are challenging enough to keep me learning, but manageable. I do not feel discouraged when I am challenged in class, but rather ready to learn more. The required class, PED 100, the class everyone expects to be a breeze, is surprisingly one of the most challenging. But I put in the hours studying for this class, along with all of my others, and I feel like I have learned a great deal from all of my classes during my first semester at Missouri State.

  • 11/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students, we have many international students and local. We are a very diverse student body.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a great advisor! There are so many but, they can really help you with financial aid and scheduling classes. (mine even has a recliner in their office you can use if your having a bad day!)

    Bang for the buck

    When I was deciding on which school I wanted to go to I found that MSU offers tons of scholarships. So even though it is a four year university you can pay your own way without student loans. Many of our departments have departmental scholarships too, so you aren't out there by yourself.

    Am enjoying being here

    At MSU you create another family. There are over 300 different organizations you can choose from, and if the one you want isn't there you can create your own. Between organizations, my sorority, and basketball games there is never a dull moment.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor is willing to help. Even when I did have a problem with a teacher I went to my advisor and the problem was cleared up that day! Everyone wants you to succeed.

  • 02/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like busy, active, positive atmospheres!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are out of state, dont underestimate the state of Missouri, I did and I was wrong. My advice: dont go to a college just for the scholarship, make sure it's where you want to be! Also, dont feel pressured to go greek.

    Bang for the buck

    I am out of state and even without my scholarship it is almost cheaper for me to go here. Dorms are a little over priced however.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is awesome and there is always something going on! You meet alot of people between classes and living in the dorms first year.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are what you make them, if you actually go you will feel like you are learning alot. First year gen ed requirements are a drag but after that they get better once you get into classes that mean something to you.

  • 05/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Music Students...MSU has the second best Music Program in the state. Business Students Athletes Small town students wanting to go to a bigger city but not a HUGE college

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what you want to major in, schedule a meeting with someone from that department. I had a meeting with someone from the Music Department and he was hilarious. He also ended up being my accompanist for my audition. Don't be scared to talk to the teachers. Also, take a tour. Missouri State was a second choice and after I toured it, I loved it more than my first choice.

    Bang for the buck

    Sure it could be a little cheaper but what 4 year college is cheap. Compared to other schools in the state, Missouri State is pretty low price.

    Will enjoy being here

    Their student activities council has at least one activity almost every day and thats not even counting the resident hall activities. Also the campus is big but its all close together. It was made for a student who wanted to live in a bigger city but a smaller campus that is still a pretty decent size.

  • 06/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great college for people who want a great education for less than many other colleges. The enrollment is increasing, but not at an astronomical rate, so it will appeal to those who like medium-sized school. Also, if you're into clubs, there is a great orientation program here at the beginning so you can see what clubs/activities we have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good counselor, and don't be afraid to talk with your professors. If you have any scheduling issues be sure to talk to the department secretaries/professors who are teaching the class. Also, talk with the Financial Aid department, the lady I went to when I transferred there was great, and she went out of her way to help me get a scholarship.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that all of the classes I've had were pretty good. I haven't had any absolutely horrible courses. The professors are smart and helpful, and the facilities are nice. There is going to be a brand new fitness center this fall, which was the one facility I wasn't all that excited about. They are also renovating a majority of the dorms, so those are going to be better as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like how friendly the students all are here. It's not a super-huge named school (I transferred in from Penn State,) but the environment is much more friendly. The only downside is that a lot of people tend to go home for the weekend. It's not the majority, but it is a large enough chunk to notice. The downside I've had here is that there are sometimes struggles within the departments with class scheduling. Due to the cruddy economy, several times classes are dropped due to low enrollment, and that can be rough if it's a pre-req for your program. It can be worked through, it's just inconvenient.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors I've had here have been great (with maybe one exception.) All of them have been really interested in having their students succeed, and most of them will provide extra time to meet up (outside of office hours.)

  • 08/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    it is great for students that not only want to learn but want to have a little fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    get your applications in early. this includes your application to teh university and the scholarship application.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is extremely affordable and they do everything in their power to get you scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    They make you feel really welcome.

    Academic Rigor

    mo state has some of the best professors that are willing to help you when needed, they are also willing to answer any questions that you have during class.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There seem to be a lot of alerts posted on this campus, but there is security.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a large part of this campus. They are constantly participating in activities and holding events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is almost anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Any, there is a very diverse population.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People have a thing with the Taco Bell right off campus. It is always packed late at night.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is not cheap, but it is also not super expensive. The campus offers a lot of free activities to take advantage of making your money more worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can join fraterinity/sorority life. You can join a club. You can attend sporting events or campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    Some meals are great and others are not good at all.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent and there is always something going on in each dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of my teachers have expected good quality work, but I have not had many teachers that are extremely difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an incoming freshmen you will be given a lot of information about almost everything at the school from majors to various clubs. If you are a transfer student make sure you set up a meeting with an advisor even if you are told you dont have to.

    In three sentences

    The school offers a lot of variety for majors and extracurricular activity. The school provides a lot of help for incoming freshmen. The school lacks pride.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is a very safe. it is well lit and there is always security on campus be it walking or driving. it is a completely safe environment. now, not to say that there isn't the occasional bump in the road, but that is going to happen everywhere you go.

    Greek Life

    as far as greek like goes, there is something for everyone. they each have a reputation and almost every fraternity or sorority is great. a few examples are some of the bigger/main frats and sororities on campus. the alpha chi omegas are girls that are musically engaged and know as the classy girls on campus. they are brothers with the far fiji, known as the gentlemen on campus. they are the delta zetas; however, they do not have the best reputation. sadly, they are known as the easy dz's. sisters to the sig eps who is probably the biggest party frat on campus. there is also alpha delta pi. these girls are a mix of everyone. they are one of the biggest and nicest sororities on campus, with over 150 girls. there are also others like akl, tke, sigma kappa, kappa sigma, etc. they are all great opportunities for everyone. keep in mind that they are generally pretty expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am not much for clubs. i have been to all the ones that are downtown and they just aren't my cup of tea. i am from a small town and there are a couple that i like to go to, like midnight rodeo or the electric cowboy, but i personally am not much of a clubber. the atmosphere is not particularly for me; but, if you like to club, the downtown is the place for you. there are many clubs that play current pop, rap, rock, etc and most students go down there to club. there are various clubs throughout springfield, but college night is definitely thursdays.

    Great for these types of students

    -dedicated -committed -willing to persevere -engaged -involved -have fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are a variety of traditions here on campus, including some locations that are very unusual; however, you have to come to missouri state to figure that out!

    Bang for the buck

    overall, missouri state is a great place. it is in a safe area and there is always a lot going on. the campus is great because it is huge but close together. all the academic buildings, with the exception of specialty buildings are all together so you can make it from class to class in less than 15 minutes. i've had some good professors as well as some bad ones, but you will find those anywhere. like i said earlier, most all of my professors have been top notch. i don't mean easy when i say that. the classes are very tough. college is something you have to be mentally ready for, especially coming here because the education level is high, as well as the expectations.

    What to do for fun

    in springfield, mo there is a lot things to do. there are many colleges in springfield so it is easy to make things happen. there are tons of clubs, parties, bowling alleys, restaurants, malls, etc. but make sure to maintain a balance between fun and education because it is really easy to get wrapped up in the college experience and not the education aspect of being here on campus. and it is really easy to waste your money if you aren't committed. and you don't want to start off bad your first semester.

    Food and Dining

    food is just okay. there are quite a few options, but they are the same everyday. there isn't much of a variety and the taste isn't excellent.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a great way to meet people and get involved on campus. there is always something going on in each dorm, regardless of which one you are in. aside from that, i am in a community style dorm room and as far as cleanliness goes, it isn't bad at all. it takes awhile to get used to sometimes but it is not bad at all. it is actually cleaner than some of my friends who actually have to clean their bathrooms themselves. however, the opposite sex can not go into the bathroom so that sometimes causes a hassle when people are hanging out in one room and the boys can't go to the bathroom because it's a girls floor, or vice versa.

    Academic Rigor

    missouri state university is the only campus in missouri that is a public affairs college. that means that we as a university have promote ethical leadership, community engagement, etc. for our students. each course you take will somehow be incorporated with the missouri state public affairs mission. the courses here are hard, they aren't in any way a cake walk, but they are worth it. the education is incredible because the instructors are top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you try your hardest to be successful in high school. also, if you have to work in college, make sure you work in high school. it is really important to learn how to balance work and school and college takes up just as much time as high school does. pay attention in high school and learn the best way for you to study in each subject or course. learning the best way that you as an individual learn each subject will be very effective.

    In three sentences

    missouri state is a great campus. i'd give it a seven out of ten on a scale. i think some improvements could be made; however, i love it on campus here.

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. It's a school for any type of student or activity seeker.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, go to class, prepare for essays and tests.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a fairly cheap price for a great experience and college life.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people are great and there's is a lot to do around the campus as well as in the town of Springfield.

    Will learn a lot

    Classes are great and from personal experience teachers seem real friendly and knowledgeable.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    a little expensive but rather worth it

    Will enjoy being here

    loved the campus life

    Will learn a lot

    tons of great teachers working one on one with you making sure that you are the person YOU wanna be.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone willing to LEARN and wanting to have a great time doing so!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college with an open-mind. You're going to meet people who are a lot like you, and some who are the extreme opposite. Having an open-mind will set you up to meet some great people that you'd never otherwise gotten to meet.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want a quality education that doesn't suck your pockets dry, then Missouri State is the perfect university for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Often times you hear about those schools where there is nothing happening on campus, well Missouri State is not one of those schools! One of the reasons I enjoy being here is that there is never a dull moment because of the constant on-campus activities being thrown by the Student Activities Council, a student run activities board. From weekly movies, to free concerts there is something for every student to partake in.

    Am learning a lot

    Missouri State offers a broad spectrum of classes, ranging from small group classes to large lectures. The instructors and the environment make learning a breeze! Just being on campus will teach you more about yourself, and being in the classroom will open your eyes to great new things.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety alerts available at several locations.

    Greek Life

    doesn't have to be your thing. it's not as big as it is on most campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many! residence hall association, student activities council, student government association, maroon madness, bear blitz and tons more!

    Great for these types of students

    all types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    crowd-surfing boomer and growl bears at basketball games.

    Bang for the buck

    so much fun once you meet people and get involved! bearline is provided for easy transportation.

    What to do for fun

    friday nights rock and bowl, concerts, comedians, movies, sports, events, parties...

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of options available in the dining hall. most items are healthy.

    Dorm Life

    living in a dorm was one of the best choices i have made in all of college. it's easy to be far from home when i have plenty of friends at school. being on my own is also fun!

    Academic Rigor

    plenty of courses available and very well-trained educators.

    Tips for prospective students

    live on campus, get involved, and apply for tons of scholarships!

    In three sentences

    missouri state university is an absolutely wonderful school. the classes are generally small and close-knit. there are so many programs to join and feel welcome!

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 18 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life is Greek Life. You don't have to be involved; most people aren't. The people that are really enjoy it, but it's not for everyone. The Greeks are generally a very nice group of people.

    Bang for the buck

    Your first year you are completely ripped off; you pay for mediocre dorms and food that is hardly edible. But after you get out of the dorms it's way more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is the obvious choice. You can also go thrifting, go to First Fridays (an art walk) or go see a movie in the Student Union. There's a lot to do, don't worry about being bored.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food = toxic waste. We have a Papa Johns/Subway/Starbucks/ChicFilA and we're supposedly getting a Panda Express in the Student Union. Those are (obviously) delicious, but don't make up for the absolute trash that they serve in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Get out of the dorms as fast as you can!

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class and who your teacher is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved and focus on your grades; don't skip class!

    In three sentences

    The campus is small and sweet - easy to navigate! The classes are interesting. The professors are friendly and easy to approach!

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 19 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Public school graduates...well, anybody, really....

    Tips for prospective students

    If nothing else, a great place to do GenEd before moving on to a better school for a more specific education.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'm taking evening classes, and they work out perfectly with my work schedule.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost isn't bad for a 4 year college.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is laid out great and there are tons of activities & groups & clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great and the classes are not huge.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    I am going to be in Kentwood Hall and I'm excited to move in! It's going to be in Downtown and I love their lobby. The school also offers many organizations for students to join and get involved. I will also enjoy being in MSU because I love the weather in Springfield.

    Will learn a lot

    Most of my classes as a freshman are small. I like small classes cause it's easier for me to concentrate and it gives the professor to have more attention to his/her students.

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who are undecided! The staff is always willing to help you out, and help you explore all your options.

    Am enjoying being here

    People are always so friendly.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 23 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to major in business or teaching would find MSU a great school. Students who are undecided on their major but know they want to attend college would be quite happy at MSU. They have a department for helping students find a major of interest that I have heard is quite helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    MSU isn't a bad school. I would not recommend it for students who like to push themselves academically or for those who are intense about their education. The business school and teaching schools I have heard are quite great as are many of their other programs. The problem is getting into them. The general education requirements are extensive. I wouldn't be able to get into my major (physics) until my junior year unless I took summer school. The ged eds are a huge factor to consider before attending MSU.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is quite affordable, my main reason for attending. But as the saying goes, You get what you pay for. For this, I am transferring.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people on campus and around the area are friendly. Making friends is quite easy. There are many activities and organizations that students can become involved in. If you aren't into the party scene you may find that finding things to do can be a drag. I am from the area of Springfield; it's a nice place, but that's about it. There isn't too much to do unless you like going to parties.

    Am learning a lot

    I am not learning a great deal here at Missouri State. I was a student who always pushed themselves in high school to do the best at everything. Course work at Missouri State is no different from high school. I expected college to give me a challenge. MSU does not provide this.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    hard workers, serious about academia, declared major

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all scholarships and don't skip classes.

    Bang for the buck

    With scholarships, yes

    Am enjoying being here

    Took a while to get into the swing of things, but enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are pretty hard, but I definitely have learned a lot.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Downtown is near, and each month there is an artwalk - local artists display their work in businesses downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The university is very close to downtown and there are many great restaurants around. The campus also has plenty of food places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are expensive and quite restrictive.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors are really great and respectable... Others are a little behind in their field.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a big school; it will be easy to find and make friends here.

    In three sentences

    This university is great for students seeking a mixture between a small town and a big city. The accommodations on campus are great; modern buildings and resources are everywhere. I have really enjoyed my experience here.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    i hear that it's the same stuff every time, but it's still good stuff.

    Academic Rigor

    so far, i hear that the academics are pretty extensive.

    In three sentences

    so far, msu is lookin' pretty good. i'm looking forward to attending!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe! I have never felt uncomfortable at all.

    Greek Life

    So glad that I went Greek! I have built relationships that will last a lifetime, will serve me in my career, and have had the opportunity for service and leadership. Best decision I ever made.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from!! There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    You want a great education, but you also want a great experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So many activities! Too many, sometimes.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonable, considering the price of a college education these days.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do in Springfield! Join an organization: Greek, religious, interest oriented, etc. It's a great way to make life long friends.

    Food and Dining

    Not Mom's, but it kept me alive.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Hutchens my freshman year, and loved it!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but professors are helpful and available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to attend SOAR. And bring your parents! Use the resources available to you.

    In three sentences

    Have totally enjoyed my experiences so far. Great classes, great professors, great campus. Springfield is a great city, as well.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, intramurals, downtown, Branson.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors make the classes better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus or close to it. Downtown is not far and there is always something to do.

    In three sentences

    This is a top school. Eventful, sociable, and academically fit for me. I recommend MSU!

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its very safe here. We have safety polls all over campus that connects to the police sub station that we have.

    What to do for fun

    We just got a new rec center and i have to say it is the best thing on campus. We also have a lot of programs and activites.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. The thing i wish is for more variety.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm life. I came here with my best friend and we room together with each other and two other girls, and we live in a suite. I made the greatest two friends of my life time.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure that you start reading now, especially if you are a high school student coming to college for the first time. It is a lot of reading however if you stay with it it will be easier. Also get to know your teachers and professors, they are here to make sure you succeed so use them, they love to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is an exciting time in your life, start setting up college visits. Down here we have SOAR and its pre registration, this was the single best thing down at MSU.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school that focuses on Public Affairs. Everyone is very welcoming here and you do not have to be afraid to be yourself.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. As far as I know, there haven't been any safety issues. Plus, the university pays police officers to patrol campus and make sure nothing is happening that shouldn't be. I always feel very safe here.

    Greek Life

    I am not affiliated with any of the Greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in any clubs and have not been involved in any activities yet, but I soon plan to be. From what I have heard and seen, they are a lot of fun and are a great way to meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for virtually every type of student. Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student, whether or not you are a transfer student, if you have any type of disabilities, if you need financial aid, anything, it doesn't matter. There are places to get the help you want and need right here on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As far as I am aware of, there aren't any unusual traditions or locations on campus. It's just your normal university setting, with lots to see and do.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of ways to have fun on campus. There are always sporting events (depending on the season and weather). There are also free movies, game nights, bowling nights, karaoke and comedy nights, and so many others.

    Food and Dining

    I have only eaten here a few times. But each of those times the food was very good. And, it was very reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, so I don't know how they are. But from what I have heard, it is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend this university. But you must be prepared to work and study hard. It's not going to be easy, but it is very well worth it.

    In three sentences

    This university is very large, with approximately 23,000 students. But the instructors, students, and staff are all great, friendly people. Everybody is really nice and will help you if you get lost or just need help on an assignment.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    They are one of the few University's in Missouri that provide an Exercise Science bachelor degree and then a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

    Bang for the buck

    I have compared tuition costs at several schools and MSU is very competitive. I just hope I qualify for some of there automatic scholarships that are offered!

    Will enjoy being here

    I was very impressed with my campus tour and meeting with one of the Doctors in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department. She answered all of my questions and didn't make me feel rushed, and made me feel very comfortable talking with her.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Physical therapy majors and students focussed on grades

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not join Greek Life

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Don`t be afraid to talk to other people on campus or asking for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Other than book buybacks in some cases and some problems in the financial aid office, everything seems to run smoothly. Some things cost a good amount of money though.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most of the people active on campus are good people. There are odd events that occur that are iffy but mostly its a great college. We need diversity though.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers I have had are well informed and very active in their teaching methods.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    When you think you have studied enough you are probably about half way done.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always police and safety roaming about. We also offer light and telephones at different areas with a security button for security escorts. There's also a telephone number to call if you want to plan ahead and arrange an escort from a car to night class or vice versa.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a member, but the people I know who are involved agree that they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on because of the various clubs having different events. From sports to theatre to zombie hunting.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all. We've got diversity across the board.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Meyer Library Fountain is great to read or study on (outside the library). There's also a network of tunnels under the university that lots of people try to find, but no one has found the entrance yet.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is very cheap, out-of-state is decent. I'm an out-of-state student whose other in-state options were more expensive than the out-of-state at MSU.

    What to do for fun

    There are always fun games and social gatherings going on in the dormitories. There's also athletic events to attend, greek life to join, and intramural sports to play. The student activities council hosts movie nights twice a week in the union, as well as zombie v human games, and there's always something going on off-campus since campus is barely a 10-minute walk from downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food. Lots of options in the dining centers. The student union has great restaurants and drink options. Most students opt to eat at the union at least two or three times a week.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a suite in Hammons, it wasn't awesome going from having my own room to living with four other girls, but they are friends of mine now and it wasn't awful living in such close quarters with them. Only 3 stars because you will always hear the people above you if they get noisy.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the courses are hard, especially the pre-professional ones. Make sure you talk with your professor if you don't understand something. There's also SI, which is additional help for the harder classes, and the Bear CLAW (in the library) offers free tutors in all subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus, our ambassadors are knowledgeable and awesome. Sit in on a class or two of interest to get a feel for the settings. And definitely attend a basketball game.

    In three sentences

    Great campus, students, and professors. Campus is big, but small enough to walk from one side to the other in about 20 minutes. The shuttles run regularly around every 3 or so minutes if you don't like walking.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    super safe, lots of lights and safe walk program. also the only campus to have police on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    everything you can imagine, except crew...

    Great for these types of students

    language, political science, layed back, big school with a small school feel and very cost effective

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a statue of a bear that looks like its pooping in the middle of campus.

    What to do for fun

    tuns of clubs and inter-murals. they just built a rec center. really close to shopping

    Food and Dining

    stay away from blaire- shannon

    Dorm Life

    for dorms they're great.

    Academic Rigor

    it can be easy or hard depending on what you make of it and the classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    take ap courses whether you choose to go here or any other institution it will save you a lot of money. it is really easy to transfer if you don't like a school.

    In three sentences

    i love it here. the people and professors are friendly and understanding. the campus is really central.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    another benefit of the small campus, you're never out alone for very long, everything is well lit at night, and you can call and have the campus police escort you wherever you might need to go if you're not comfortable walking alone.

    Food and Dining

    one of the benefits of the small campus is that nothing is too far away from the dining halls, and it's decent food (for being a cafeteria). the downside is that the dining halls close fairly early (7pm and 730pm), but you can always go right next door to the student union and get fast food with your bearfare points.

    Dorm Life

    your dorm experience all depends on which dorm you choose. my own experience wasn't very good, it just seemed like everyone on my floor had moved in with their best friend from high school and it was very isolated, however on other floors/dorms here the hall is like a huge family and it's a lot of fun. just remember that if you are unhappy in your dorm, your room, or your floor, you can always switch at semester and live somewhere that suits you better.

    Academic Rigor

    i honestly don't feel that msu sets very high standards for their students; my high school was more rigorous than my classes here. now that may change when you get into upper-level courses, but for right now it seems like not much is expected of us.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    police patrol the well-lit campus 24-7.

    Greek Life

    almost constant events.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are not very many and they are not advertised well at all. the ones that exist are really fun, though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    it's not really on campus, but potter's house (which is across the street) it the best place to hang out with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    th school is rather cheap for all of the many types of classes offered.

    What to do for fun

    near the campus is a small coffee shop called potter's house. everyone goes there if they need something to do. also, the school likes to bring famous comedians, speakers, and even broadway shows.

    Food and Dining

    the food is getting better with each semester. make sure to bookmark the dining services website so you know which hall has the best food.

    Dorm Life

    as long as you have the luck of getting a good roommate, you will be just fine. otherwise, room changes aren't that hard.

    Academic Rigor

    professors all love their jobs and do what they can to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    missouri state university is a relatively cheap and great school. i recommend it.

    In three sentences

    the campus is always clean and new buildings are always being added. there are a great number of international students here and it's fun to learn from them. staff are never grouchy when contacted.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the dining hall food is the most diverse and is always open, but the psu has better name brand places.

    Dorm Life

    blair-shannon is the best dorm by far. it is centrally located, so nothing is too far of a walk. it also has the most number of roommates to get to know.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are hard, but you still have time to have a social life and experience what the campus has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    you don't need to have a major decided before you come here. missouri state has more majors than any other school in missouri, so you will be able to find what you like.

    In three sentences

    missouri state has a variety of different majors and minors to select from. i have experienced more diversity here than at any other school. faculty are very helpful whenever needed to be.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    you truly get everything you pay for considering that it is one of the cheapest university in missouri.

    What to do for fun

    oh gosh where do i start, there is always and i mean always activites to do on campus. there is free bowling/pool/table tennis on friday nights on campus. a lot of people enjoy going downtown for some amazing food and clubbing.

    Food and Dining

    the food can honestly be better, being a vegetarian it get's tiring having the same stuff over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    i honestly love living on campus, i would say if you plan on staying here choose freddy! it's in the center of everything and everybody is super nice.

    Academic Rigor

    every professor that i have has so far has always been welcoming, they want you to succeed, not just academic wise but in everything else.

    Tips for prospective students

    i can honestly say that going to college is nothing like high school. i've learned from that in my second semester, but once you actually know what's going on you get the hang of it!

    In three sentences

    it's not a small campus but it's not a large campus. everything is in walking distance. it's super welcoming.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There a plethora of activities going on on campus all of the time, clubs to get involved in, and sports to stay active.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too bad, although I haven't taken any math or science classes. You just need to attend class and study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your professors office hours, your counselors office on campus, and keep in contact with your advisor often.

    In three sentences

    The school is a perfect size, not too big and not too small. There are a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus. The staff and educators are very knowledgeable and experienced in their field.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Science and Fine Arts

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth all the money I am spending to go to school here.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons of free activities such as weekly movies and bowling, plus a lot more.

    Food and Dining

    Southern comfort

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a positive attitude and an idea of how you want to look like to the world.

    In three sentences

    It has been an amazing experience. I finally have an interest in my courses while setting obtainable goals. My advisor and other professors are more than brilliant.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have only been here in the summer at dance camp. I never had any issues.

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri State has reasonable tuition and Springfield has lots of free entertainment.

    What to do for fun

    Lot of coffee shops are nearby the college and it is blocks from the downtown area. Buses provide transportation to the happening places so you don't have to drive.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to apply early. There are a limited amount of scholarships available early on that you can receive if you apply before January of the year you plan to attend.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State has been very supportive. Current students call and check on you to see if you have any questions or need any help. The process to enroll is easy to understand.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not so great on campus but off campus has some nice restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Nice and safe campus. Lots of activites to explore. And good food.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very secure. I never felt unsettled.

    Greek Life

    I was an athlete so I can't really comment. They were definitely well known and present throughout campus, but not overwhelming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really aren't any that I can think of. Try to jump in the fountain at least once!

    Bang for the buck

    It's very cost friendly. There are many college-friendly coupons and places that give discounts.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different options. There are over 200 extracurricular activities as well as a downtown area that contains every different type of bar/club you could imagine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing and friendly. Don't be afraid to be yourself, step out of your comfort zone, and experience things you never have before. Explore as much as you can and commit to at lesat one activity that you're very passionate about.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State was one of the best, most educational experiences of my life. It provided diverse opportunity, academically, socially, and extracurricularly. Overall, I would highly recommend it.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Downtown Springfield has a few bars and clubs that a lot of the students like to hang out at to catch a break from studying. The Battlefield mall is very well kept and has a lot of good stores. There is also a lot of good restaurants around, Macaroni Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Towards the end of the semester the food got repetitive and I got tired of it. I loved the breakfast options, especially at Garst. There was also salads available from lunch to whenever which is a plus when you're trying to eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can get old towards the end of the semester but that goes for just about anything. Living in the dorms is very convenient, you never have to get up early to go to classes. The dining halls are also located right next to the dorms so food is only a few steps away.

    Academic Rigor

    While some classes may seem impossible before its even met, the professors are very flexible and love to work with students. The more questions the students ask, the more beneficial the class time is.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's always good to check online and see how certain professors are rated. I've picked many of my classes based on how the professor's were rated. Also make sure to plan out different schedules in case you cannot get into a specific class.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a great place to go to college! The campus is beautiful during the fall semester. The number of students is a good medium to where you can run into people you know some days, and others you won't.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on my campus. The Residence Halls lock their doors at 7 pm, requiring an access card from residents at that time. They also ID residents after 10 pm. There are security phones indicated by a blue light located around campus so that you may instantly be connected with campus security should you be out and about and discover the need for assistance. One should always be smart about traveling across campus at night, of course, but Missouri State is a great place to be if you want to feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an essential part of Missouri State. We have several social fraternities and sororities, which have very high standings. There are also many professional, honors, and service fraternities. I myself joined a professional fraternity and got the best of all of these combined. Greek life dominates sporting events like homecoming in the fall, and they have the Greek Week games in the spring. I definitely reccomend looking into Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs abound here at MSU. If there isn't a club that you wish to join, and you and four of your friends have an idea for a club, you can just march on down to the Office of Student Engagement and start your own club! We have everything from Academic clubs, to Spectrum, the LGBTQ club. There are tons of activities like trips and exercise classes, and we're even finishing up our recreation center which will house a pool, a rock wall, and I even hear a zip line is involved!

    Great for these types of students

    I think most people can find a place to call home at Missouri State, whether it be in the music scene, the sports programs, or what have you. We even have a Price is Right Club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Potter's House, loving known as PoHo by locals, is a little coffee house right across the street from campus. It's a nonprofit place that's been there for around 10 years. The employees are all volunteers, and it's a Christian based group. However, that has nothing to do with their coffee. Or their awesome teas. And smoothies! And oreo concrete! There's a place for everyone at PoHo, and you won't break the bank. They have live music on the weekends too!

    Bang for the buck

    I think the package experience is totally worth the cost. I averaged $20,000 this year for school plus living expenses, etc. I love the place, i love the education, and most of all, I love the people.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do on and around campus! Res Life organizes a lot of get-togethers in the residence halls with a lot of fun activities from movies to concerts to tye-dying and pumpkin carving. The Student Activities council organizes free and cheap concerts on campus, as well as weekly movie nights in the student union. There are tons of sporting events to attend, as well as student plays and concerts. Springfield is full of restaurants, bars, and clubs for those who enjoy that night life scene. There are plenty of movie theaters, shopping venues, and even some parks! It's never boring, and a lot of things are open 24 hours. There's always something to do at MSU.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls usually have a pretty decent selection, but cooking for thousands of people every day probably lends to cutting some corners. The dining hall workers do seem to work hard, I just don't absolutely *love* the food all the time. Sometimes, it's great. And you always have the cereal bar to fall back on if need be! I'll be eating in the dining halls again next year. They aren't terrible, they just aren't great either.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great experience in the residence halls. I lived in Blair-Shannon, right in the center of campus, and right next to the student union and the on campus clinic. There was also a dining hall in my building, which made those snowy days when class got cancelled wonderful! The rooms are all different depending on your building, but none are so small as to not be liveable. I ended up loving all of my roomies, who were randomly picked. It's sort of the luck of the draw. I'm living in upperclassmen campus apartments next year, with my roommate from this year.

    Academic Rigor

    I won't say college is easy--you work for your grades. But, throughout my experiences so far, it's not so difficult that you can't have a social life AND sleep. I have all three! But if you aren't afraid to spend some serious time in the library when you need to, then you'll be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply soon! Many of the school scholarships are awarded by December. Be prepared to get involved, on campus and in the community. We're a Public Affairs University, so community service is a must for most, and campus life is purely a blast. You make friends through joining clubs and organizations, and we have a lot of them. Find your niche and jump right in!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State has a beautiful, clean, safe campus that is full of wonderful activity. The teachers (that I have experienced so far) are excellent, because they care about you. Residence Hall Life (aka Res Life) is convenient, but a tad bit costly; the worthieness of the cost depends on how much you value convenience.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety department sends out e-mails if there have been security issues.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun in Springfield. The college offers plenty of activities such as theater productions and sporting events. There are plenty of clubs to attend down town.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are taking any classes that offer supplemental instruction, attend as many of them as you can. They are usually very helpful.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State has some great instructors. Their financial aid department is extremely helpful. They also have plenty of extracurricular activities to participate in.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always see a campus security car driving around campus, making the rounds. They're really strict about parking, so don't park in a lot that you don't have a pass for. Also, they provide escorts for people who are uncomfortable walking alone at night.

    What to do for fun

    The SAC always has fun programs going on. There's also a great place called Potter's House that's right across the street from Wells House. It's a kind of coffeehouse atmosphere; you can go with your friends, order an oreo mudslide, and play games as long as you want.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are excellent. Blair-Shannon is located more centrally, so a lot more people go there. If you want to avoid really long lines, Garst is probably better; since it's farther away, less people go there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Missouri State is awesome. The RAs are really friendly, and always willing to help. Definitely get to know the people on your floor. They'll be you first friends. If you can, go to the building programs.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important at this school, and the teachers will challenge you. But a lot of teachers offer study guides, extra credit, and other academic tools to help you along. If you go to your classes, ask questions when you need to, and get to know your professor, it is possible to make great grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're in the dorms, definitely get to know your RA, and go to programs in your building. They may be cheesy, but it's a great way to meet new people. Make sure you have a good pair of rain boots, because when it rains in Springfield, it pours.

    In three sentences

    The campus is located in the heart of Springfield, so there are a lot of great places to hang out off campus. There are about 20,000 students on campus, and there is always an opportunity to meet someone new and expand your horizons. Tuition is relatively cheap, and there are lots of scholarships and financial aid available.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For the most part campus police are always riding around but just to be safe you should always travel with a partner at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is Great! So many Sororities and Fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name but there is a club and or activity that's for any and every student.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap!

    What to do for fun

    Attend SAC events. They are free and fun!

    Food and Dining

    Could be better, most people enjoy it but I'm not a big fan of the Dinning Halls. You can apply for Bear Bucks which are now called Boomer Bucks and get the good food like Subway, Chick-fil-a, Panda Express and Papa Johns. Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    All depends on where you stay of course the most expensive ones will be the nicest but there aresome cheaper ones that are just as good such as Wells House.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically this school is on a high level. The Deans make sure your on the right track and when you are off they do everything in their will to get you back on by applying campus resources to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start to gain your independence now, so that when you go off to school it wouldn't be such a struggle. Also its best to have your priorities straight. Know what you went/going to college for, school work first, award yourself later.

    In three sentences

    This University offers you so much for a cheaper price than most colleges. Not only is campus life great but they make sure the students enjoy there time spent there with many activities for SAC for free of cost. Professors are great, the campus is beautiful, and expenses are low, I rate MSU 9 out of 10.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is patrolled very well and it is super safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge deal, give it a chance you may be surprised with how much fun it is to be in a sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options to choose from club wise, options that will fit any student.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing people, People that are willing to get out and involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most students hang out at the Plaster Student Union.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price MSU is worth every penny. Students get to experience a great college without the huge costs.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved, go to footballs games, etc. Springfield has many things to do downtown and around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a very wide variety of meals to choose from and the meals are not bland they are actually very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and clean. The rules are very strict so students do not have to worry about being put in a bad position because of their roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are there to help. Establish a professional relationship with your professor, the better the relationship the better off you will be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn things in way before the deadline. The earlier you are the better position you will be in when attending.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a fantastic school. The faculty on campus is there to help you the best they can and if they cannot help they will find someone that can. I would strongly recommend MSU, there are many opportunities to take advantage of that can help students find a successful career.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sporting events go around the clock and the city of Springfield is so big and has so many cool places so have fun and explore! Also, JQH Arena has plenty of spectacular shows and is host to many singers and traveling groups like the Harlem Globe Trotters etc.

    Food and Dining

    They had a pretty nice spread there. Very reasonably priced meal plans, although take the first week to really figure out just how much you are going to need meal plan wise. It does get old after awhile so I would plan some night outs for pizza or some taco bell right near campus.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great time in the dorms at Missouri State. You get to know a lot of interesting people and hopefully you will have a group of friends in your roommate and neighbors. The rules that the dorms have can be dumb but they're in place for a reason. Careful with leaving your valuables lying around because you never know when someone will take something they need.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take college will hopefully challenge you somewhat. I would start off with a semester of classes you enjoy and then begin to take harder classes so that you don't get burnt out your first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet lots of new people don't get stuck in just one friend zone. The more people you meet the more interesting college will be for you in my opinion. You can take it easy in class for the first week or so and get settled but don't slough off more than that because it's too easy to get behind and quickly!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University-Springfield is a great school. It's got a ton of friendly people and the campus is set up very well and is quite beautiful. You get a great education while still managing to have fun with all their clubs and intramural sports teams.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Missouri State University is a college that wants you to get involved no matter what. The student union is where a majority of the activities and fun things to do are. I'll never forget the time that there was a comedy show held in the student union and Donald Glover was the guest. I had a blast! Now every time I see him on TV, I get excited at the fact that I have seen him in person at MY school. How cool is that?

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, when I first started college I was worried about how the food would taste. I'm sure we have all seen a scene in a movie where the food in the cafeteria looks like it has been sitting for days upon days. Let me assure you that Missouri State has the BEST food! I'm pretty sure I spent more time in the cafe than I did my dorm room. I really like that they don't have the same thing everyday. They switch it up very often and there are a variety of foods to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Missouri State is great. I loved the fact my RA stayed literally two doors down from me. Whenever I had a problem or question, it was very easy to get someone to help me. Another thing I liked about living in the dorms was getting to know my roommate. You may feel like you are alone when you transition from being a senior in high school to living in a completely different state and being surrounded by hundreds of people that you do not know. That is how I felt. But after getting to know my roommate, I found out that she felt the exact same way that I did. Do not ever think you are alone because you are not.

    Academic Rigor

    With college comes party life but you have to drill it in your head that you are there to better yourself and ultimately your future. It is easy to to get distracted and lose focus. There will be nights where your friends will try to get you to go out even though you have an exam early the next morning or days when you just do not feel like going to class. Do not become one of those people. Be happy that you are blessed to be able attend college and get a degree because there are and will be plenty of people who wish they could be in your shoes. Stay on the right track.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is the best school to go to prepare yourself for the �¢����real world�¢����. The professors there are great and you can tell that they want you to succeed in life. If you are someone like me who is not originally from Missouri and are a ways away from home, after a few days of getting to know people and attending classes, it is easy to get adjusted to the new environment that you are in. I believe that�¢����s what I love so much about Missouri State; the feeling of a home away from home.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I've only visit the university. While in orientation my dorm is nice. The dorm has a wash room it does not require you to have coins, it also have a computer lab.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not take on more than you can handle. I think to be successful you have to prioritize an organize.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State definately offered all the classes I need for my career goal. When visiting I found it to be very informative, and failure was not an option. They gave information on the classes I will be taking in the fall. They let us know how it will be from the time we check in on school starting day, til the time classes start.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities throughout the year that students can attend. The Student Union plans concerts, movies, and more. Joining an organisation that fits you liking is also a get opportunity.

    Food and Dining

    Missouri State offers a variety of foods like from cafeteria food to Subway. The choices are unlimited which is great because most college kids want better choices of food and quality food.

    Dorm Life

    Although I didn't live in the dorms at Missouri State University I did live in a dorm at my previous school. Living in the dorms helps you be more social and create friendships. I would say living in the dorms is one of the greatest college experiences. You get to meet new people and learn a lot about yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    All though Missouri State University is a very good institution it always takes time to get use to college life. Each professor may be different but it is possible to create what you want out of each teacher. Communication is key.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the university before attending school so you can get a feel for the environment. The most important thing when choosing a school is feeling like you can achieve your goal through their program.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University has a diverse environment that fits many students needs. The university offers a lot of options for extracurricular activities which include: Greek Life, Organizations, Clubs, and Sports Teams. Missouri State also has facilities the accommodate all students needs from a learning environment to healthy activities.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of intramural sports and many organizations that can be a blast!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get help from an alumni sibling if possible, there are a few things SOAR does not teach you.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. The whole place has been kind and encouraging. I am very excited for my freshman year of college to be here.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Missouri state not only has campus police, but also has set up programs to ensure the safety of all individuals on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities that have become engrained members of the community through volunteer work and fundraising for local charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Missouri state has hundreds of clubs available to all students and welcomes those who cannot find their nich to form new clubs. The office of student engagement also plans weekly activities for all students.

    Great for these types of students

    Missouri state is great for all types of students, but seems to cater most to the younger generation. Not individuals returning to school.

    Bang for the buck

    While the school has great amenities, such as a brand new recreation center, it's obvious that the students are indeed paying for it.

    Food and Dining

    The campus itself doesn't have many options, but the surrounding area is full of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are outdated and some are brand new, the more you can afford the better your experience will be.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on your classes neanderthal professors.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    yes! it is safe here, people are kind and police are responsible

    Greek Life

    Good!

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs with gerat activities!

    Great for these types of students

    students who are interested in business are very nice to be here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the most famous symbol of the MSU is the Missouri Bear!

    Bang for the buck

    people here are really friendly!~

    What to do for fun

    Kinds of Sports such as basketball, swimming, and so on. students union has many great activities

    Food and Dining

    Food is

    Dorm Life

    it is easy to rent a Apt, cheap&comfortable

    Academic Rigor

    Goods environment to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    buy a car when you got the school, it is a little far away from Walmarket

    In three sentences

    It's a good place to study. The teachers are kind and helpful. Also, the expense is relatively low in Springfield. it also has many great facilities for students and many good activities.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They is anything you could ever want to do. Bowling on campus or off, movies on campus or off. Clubs within walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    Has a variety of choices.

    Dorm Life

    The offer a lot of activities to try to get people to know one another.

    Academic Rigor

    It's the perfect combination of difficulty and outside work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Feel free to reserve your textbooks online with the textbook reservation option, its way easier to get them this way. It also helps to find your classes before they start.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a wonderful college to attend. The class sizes are just big enough to allow active communication among students, which helps students to grow. The campus is also condense allowing easy access to almost every building necessary.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe. There is a transport system that runs late and the dorms and building are pretty secure

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do. Have fun and try something!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for most all types of students I can think of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Root beer kegger is a traditional event. Fun games, root beer, and lots of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Relatively cheap school and it is just so great. So much bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, see shows, there is a lot to do downtown and loads of on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    College food is not the best but there are tons of great restaurants around if you get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    Fun is the best way to describe it. The people are nice and your RA will be very fun and energetic.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be difficult but if it is something you enjoy studying you'll have a great time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved. It is a good way to make friends and meet people.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school and the town is amazing. The people are extremely nice and friendly. My teachers are very nice as well and it is a great atmosphere.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security everywhere. Springfield police always on duty.

    Greek Life

    A great since of a sister or brother hood. Plus their parties are the best

    Clubs and Activities

    If you get invovled you cant go wrong

    Great for these types of students

    Socialble , friendly, shy, leaders, mentors, mentees, moms, dads, EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bear Wear Fridays. Where you wear any missouri state attire EVERY friday.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition wise is really an individual thing there are lots of scholarships available though.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING. Youll never miss a frat party concert or anything. Swimming in the rec center. Sports games or even nice walks around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The PSU where all of the best fastfood resturants exist is amazing the dinning halls are manageable but the variety isnt much at certain times of the day

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is the best way to meet new people and build up your networking abilities. Plus youll never miss anything exciting thats happening on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors arent babysitters of course but they will work with you based on your learning level you just have to show effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOVLED!!!!! GET INVOLVED GET INVOLVED GET INVOLVED GET INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a well rounded friendly activity based campus. An incoming student will never go bored. Missouri State University is the college to attend when looking to pop your Im shy bubble.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There will always be the fun group that messes with the freshmen, just make lots of friends and if you pull off any stunts make them smooth.

    Bang for the buck

    Money as a college student is not something you will always have, but there are many resources for part time jobs and lots of programs that will have you thinking money is the last thing on your mind.

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome here, the dining halls are always packed and MSU satisfies any craving of all foods just make sure to watch what you eat.

    Dorm Life

    It is what it is, there are a lot of changes from home living in a dorm. I do recommend it for at least one year. You meet all kinds of people and learn very positive life skills.

    Academic Rigor

    You can't treat the academic part of college like a joke, have fun and meet people but always make sure that you enjoy your classes and stay caught up with your homework. The instructors at MSU always make sure that you have all the help you will need and are not shy of helping you all you need to do is ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep all your options available and give all you got, college is where you find yourself and decide what you make of yourself.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is the place to be at. I am having a complete blast and the professors are great. I love MSU.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a subpolice station on campus, with actual officers who ride around. THere are blue safety lights and you can call for an officer to walk you to your car or dorm.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at Missouri State and I believe if its something you think you woul like, try it out. Because if you don't you will never know if you will regret it or not, PLus, it's a great way to meet people and make new friends.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies and shopping are my favorite but I never can afford to do stuff like that. So watching movies and hanging with friends is what you can afford as a college student.

    Food and Dining

    They are making inmprovements at the dining centers, but let's face it nothing is as good as home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice. I live in Hutchens and I love it. The suite style dorms are very nice and who doesn't love free laundry.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really do want you to succeed, you will get as much out of it as you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you ask questions, use office hours and really put in the time to study for each class.

    In three sentences

    I love this university, it has the big school vibe but is smaller. The campus is beautiful . They make you feel like more than just another number, the professors are very personable.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being a former RA, I was in contact with campus security quite often to deal with incidents. Campus safety is readily aware and readily accessible to any need they may need to complete.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as big as it is on the east coast but it is a BIG deal at MSU. There are events all the time with Homecoming week to Greek Week in the spring. Being a member of the Greek community, I would hope to speak for everyone by saying that we are a close family.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I stated before, there is literally something for everyone. Residence Life Greek Life Student Activities Council Religious Groups International Groups Study Abroad Groups Honorary Fraternities

    Great for these types of students

    International Outgoing Homebound Non-tradition Traditional Athletic Greek-seeking

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual event that stands out to me is the Zombie War that is every year! You will see people literally hunting other people (for fun!). I always find this fun to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri State is definitely an affordable educational experience. There is a lot of help for students that need assistance and compared to other schools in the state, we are one of the lowest priced schools that are greatly accredited.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do?! Student Activities Council has something planned every week! It is almost impossible to become bored with our campus. We have everything from DVD Bingo, Movie nights, fitness clubs and organizations, and of course the BRAND NEW REC CENTER! There is a lot offered at Missouri State University including it's amazing academic programs.

    Food and Dining

    MSU offers a great dining experience with their new and improved dining halls and featuring Chartwells! MSU offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to a great dining experience and people would be lucky to dine with us on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I was a Resident Assistant for 3 years! Residence Life and Services works to it's fullest limit to make sure that you are not living in a dorm but rather a home! Our programs are educational, fun and interactive. I always felt like I was part of a home, not part of a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Missouri State will challenge you to your fullest. I cannot imagine a better education for me. I have learned so much about staying focused on my school work, academic integrity, being fully prepared for my outside career and being fully supported by the administration and my professors. I could not imagine a better faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would let future Missouri State student know that they should really get involved in anything they can! There is something for everyone here whether it be Greek Life, Residence Life and Services, Campus Life, Student Government, Student Activities Council or anything else we have to offer!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a university that encourages and is proud of it's Public Affairs Mission. MSU can guarantee that you belong somewhere here on campus. MSU promotes healthy and important lifestyles.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    MSU has security on staff 24 hours a day. Security always acts in a professional manner and can be reached by any campus phone. They have even walked me to my vehicle after my night class. Top Notch!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone at MSU. Very diverse!

    What to do for fun

    MSU hosts sporting events that are free for students and recently built a state-of-the-art rec center on campus. Springfield, although a smaller city, has something for everyone. Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Concerts, ect.

    Food and Dining

    MSU not only has cafeterias that are accessible to all students but it also has the Student Union that offers many popular fast food options. BearFare (meal plans) are an easy way to prepay for your food

    Dorm Life

    MSU offers multiple dormitories in a variety of set-ups. Although, I was never a fan of on-campus living, they do keep all the facilities clean and have many programs that engage students who are living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that most of the MSU teaching staff puts a lot of emphasis on coming to class, maintaining decent grades, and producing qualified students for the workforce.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT THE CAMPUS you are interested in. Talk with the staff, see the classrooms, ask questions about extracurricular activities and groups that they offer, and follow your heart. (not the choices of your parents or friends)

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University promotes their student's academic and personal success both in and outside of the classroom. MSU employs top of the line teachers that are willing to work with students. MSU offers a beautiful and clean campus, amazing staff, and a great environment for learning.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University takes many precautions to insure the safety of it's student. There are phones, emergency booths and more just in case an emergency were to arise.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of Greek life, but it is a good thing to be apart of. Greek life is like a community, even further than that, it's a family.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently involved in Habitat for Humanity and Ultimate Frisbee. They both are a lot of fun and have so much to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for any kind of student. I have seen the full spectrum here at Missouri State, and I love it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chalking. Organizations will chalk the sidewalk with announcements and advertisements. I've never seen a more efficient way of getting events spread around campus; ingenious idea.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your money's worth here at Missouri State University. The campus has so much to offer it's almost crazy!

    What to do for fun

    I joined the Ultimate Frisbee team, so tossing the Frisbee for a couple of hours is always good. Running is my constant companion, it never gets old. And of course, video games; one of mans greatest creations.

    Food and Dining

    What everyone says about college food, is correct. High school food is a thing in the past. I absolutely love the foo my college has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are exceptional. They are very fun and relaxing at the same time. It really feels like home in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very competitive. The professors and advisers make sure every student is keeping up with their grades and offers help to any student who should need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to begin filling out scholarships as soon as possible, every dollar counts. When making your first schedule, try not to get a lot of night or mid day classes, you'll find it;s easier and better to have morning classes so you have the rest of your day.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is by far, one of the best campuses I have had the privilege to be apart of. Everything they have to offer is just simply fantastic. The University pushes you to your true potential.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its very safe during the day and mostly at nights just if you are a girl i would not walk alone around campus.

    Greek Life

    I am personaly in a sorority, and i love it. I have meet so many wonderful girls. It is not just buying your friends it nothing like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities to choose from sometimes it is a little over whelming.

    Great for these types of students

    Its really just great for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bear Bash happens the first week of school and it is a huge deal and everyone comes out and talks and tries to get people to know more about what is going on around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Its good, i love it. Everyone needs to get involved.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of fun activities you can go to the sporting events, they have seminars, and also the mall and other shopping areas are nice.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the first few weeks, but then it just gets tiring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty loud at night, so if you are a deep sleeping you will be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    I love learning so academics are not necessarily hard for me but they can be challenging if you do not save time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its okay to feel homesick because everyone gets like that. Always stay positive.

    In three sentences

    I love Missouri State, it has helped me find my closest friends. It has a wonderful campus life. Also there is a lot to do around and off campus.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police served by Springfield police department right on campus. Emergency poles every few feet on campus with emergency buttons to push for help. Campus security always on parole for your safety!

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even begin to name them all. Something for everyone.....and things I never even thought people would want to do. Lol

    Bang for the buck

    We get a lot for our money here. So much to do. So many food choices....movies, bowling, swimming, you name it.

    What to do for fun

    Always something going on on campus so no need to get bored.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different choices and places to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    There is an open door policy at MSU. It makes you feel welcome and like family. If you have a problem there s always a way to work it out.

    Academic Rigor

    Education is taken very seriously here. They want you to succeed. If you need an extra hand someone will always be able to help understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the number of students they say are going. It really doesn't feel like it. It feels like we are all family.

    In three sentences

    One of the cleanest, close knit campuses you will find for as big as it is. Always someone with a smile walking by to say hello.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe. There are emergency phones posted all over, and MSU even provides an escort service, in case you have to walk home in the dark.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life, so I really can't say much about it. There is a good assortment of sororities and fraternities to choose from, both national and local.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest, there is a club dedicated to it. If by some freak chance there isn't, you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for any student who truly wants to get an education, while still having fun life experiences. The school is well-balanced between work and play.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The BRAND NEW Foster Recreation Center is a wonderful facility! You can swim, train with weights and machines, play basketball, and even rock climb. Another place to frequent is the Plaster Student Union. There are tons of give-aways and events going on there, including a free bi-weekly movie and free bowling.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, no matter how you slice it. The education you get at MSU is worth the money, and the experiences you gain are a cherry on top.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of school-funded programs to attend! MSU also offers a bus service that travels downtown regularly, so there is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    As far as dorm food goes, the fare at MSU is great! Garst and Blair-Shannon dining centers are newly-updated. There are also various fast food options in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and modern (with one exception). They are all located in the same block of campus, making travel to and from classes easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework, especially in the honors courses, is challenging. It isn't so hard that it seems impossible, but it isn't so easy that I feel as if I'm back in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Take the time to attend some of the tours and showcases offered to prospective students.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus, and it is small enough to navigate easily. The university offers a wide range of majors and classes. The honors college is a wonderful asset to high-achieving students.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Big fountain was always a great place to meet or even the bear.

    Dorm Life

    I love the buildings but some of the dorms can seem small. :/

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait to apply!!! you get better choices and you know if you get accepted or not for any future back up plans.

    In three sentences

    So far of what i've seen at MSU or SMS as some may still call it, it's a beautiful school. I was told the academics are great and the professors are too!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police out at all times of the day and if you call them, they'll walk home with you after a late night of studying at the Meyer Library. I feel extremely safe here.

    Greek Life

    I am part of Greek Life and I absolutely love it. I love that the girls bring out the best in me as I can bring out the best in others. The Greek Life on Missouri State's campus is exceptional and I'm so happy I made the choice to join.

    Bang for the buck

    I think Missouri State is extremely affordable for the opportunities it gives it's students. When I toured the campus I expected the price to be terrifying, but compared to the other schools I toured, this place was by far the best as far as money goes.

    What to do for fun

    There's SO much to do in Springfield, Missouri for fun. There's great places to eat down town and fun clubs to go to on the weekends. It's also fun to be in Greek life and experience activities as a whole.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. The only problem is that the good food goes fast, and by the time I get out of class, I'm left with the pasta and grill bars.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. I feel like we all get to know each other really well and it helps us realize who we are as people, especially if you've never shared a room with someone before.

    Academic Rigor

    I thought college was going to be extremely hard, but Missouri State has made the transition a lot easier and the professors really know how to help the students engage in their academics.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is just big enough and just small enough. I love being on this campus and the education here so far is great. Missouri State helps people get involved and brings the best out in all of us.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here in the dining halls is not all that great. In the PSU there are restaurant like Panda Express, Starbucks, Subway, Papa Johns, and many more. So if you don't like the dining hall food you can always go in the PSU.

    Dorm Life

    Missouri State has some great dorms. Wells House is one of the best places to live on campus. The bathroom gets clean everyday and you get to meet so many new people. Living on campus is a great way to learn about your self and it also benefits your grades as well.

    In three sentences

    On a scale of one to 10 Missouri State is a 8.5. The environment here is amazing. The student and the teacher will welcome you with open arms.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police patrol on a daily and nightly basis. Crime has not been a huge issue while I have attended Missouri State.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very strong at Missouri State. I am involved in Greek Life. There is a fraternity or sorority that could fit almost any type of student.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in multiple activities for all students.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the recreation center to play basketball, volleyball, and many other activities. The student activities counsel has activities that students can go to at least four or five days of the week.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is very good for a college dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hammons. The dorms are very liveable and comfortable. The student dining hall food is very respectable, and I do not mind eating there on a daily basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classes are incredibly easy, but others are more difficult. However, I am only enrolled in general education courses at this point, so they are not incredibly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is the key to success. Do not take general education courses for granted. Get involved on campus. Open yourself to new opportunities and people.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a fairly large university with a condensed campus. The class sizes are fairly small in general for a university of its size. Missouri State's business and education programs suit my interests to the highest degree.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Several campus activities such as game nights and movie nights. The new rec. center is awesome! It has a pool and ridiculous amounts of exercise equipment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early because classes can get taken quickly. Stay on top of your grades to make this process easier for you in the log run.

    In three sentences

    Very challenging to you as a student but the professors genuinely want to help and care. Registration is easy to do and figure out. Advisors help schedule and make plans for your future.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Missouri State seems really safe to me. They have a hotline you can call if you don't want to walk alone at night. Campus security patrols the whole campus, as well. I can't think of one thing that isn't safe if you follow all the rules and regulations.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life, but I've seen some of the activities and houses they have. The houses are really pretty. The people that I know that are a part of Greek Life love it. They have made so many solid relationships that will last forever. If you love the social interaction and familial bonds, I suggest Greek Life. Just be prepared for the expectations and fees.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different types of clubs and organizations. Honestly, there is probably one (at least) for anything you can think of. You just have to look for them. I am part of a few and I've made tons of friends inside those groups. They are really entertaining and there is one for every interest you may have. Don't overload yourself, though.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at MSU. If you join clubs and organizations, there are usually activities within those groups. Campus is really close to downtown, too, which holds events as well. There are a couple of movie theatres, great food, sometimes live bands and street performers, really neat shops, and, of course, the Art Walk on Fridays. The Student Activities Council always has events planned for students, as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining halls. I usually go to the Blaire-Shannon dining hall. The food selection was great in the beginning of the year, but it kind of gets old. The Plaster Student Union has food, though, too. I like the choices there, but, just a warning, you will spend a lot of money there. Choose wisely.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Woods dormitory, and I absolutely love it. My floor is a part of Living-Learning Community, so all the girls have opportunities to connect. There is always an activity going on. The dorms give you a chance to have closer relationships with the rest of the residents. I have no regrets in living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The rating of classes really depends on the person. However, the classes that I take are awesome. They challenge me and my professors know what they're talking about. Make sure to go to your classes, though. One absence can really disadvantage you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you apply for Missouri State University-Springfield, make sure to check out the campus. Get a really good feel for the type of environment you will be in. If you are a commuter, make sure that you will be happy and able to participate in the types of organizations on campus. If you want to live in the dorms, explore the different houses and see which one you would prefer. Research thoroughly so as to get the best college experience. Do not procrastinate!

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous. I love the different types of people and things to do. The community around the campus is great to explore and hang out in, as well.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus during the day and night. At night the campus is adequately lit and people are still out until after dark; some nights I would see people jogging around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers many opporunities to get involved with clubs and activities. From intrumural sports to sociology clubs, these groups are offered to all students and if there was not a club with your specific interest, you could also make a club and gather members.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for any type of student. As mentioned before, the campus is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite places I would like to share is the Foster Recreation Center. The rec center offers the usual workout equipment, along with an indoor swimming pool, an indoor track, a basketball court/indoor soccer field, a wall climbing section, and more..

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, the experience at MSU is a worthwhile experience. The people are friendly and accepting. With the history of Springfield, the city is urging and promoting diversity, therefore, the campus is very diverse and provides one with new relations and opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There is many things to do with any college. Whether it is hanging out with a couple friends in a dorm or going to a party, the university, along with the city in general, offers a comprehensive amount of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    To retain all sincerity, I must say that I did not eat at the cafeteria at all; however, the Chick-Fil-A and Panda Express, along with other options including Starbucks, are other eating possibilities on campus. Also, there is a Taco Bell, Dominoes, Burger King and Chipotle within walking distance from campus.

    Dorm Life

    The campus offers different dorm lifestyles depending on which dorm you choose. In my case, a cheap affordable dorm was ideal; however, the university offers suites from four to six people ( two to a room). Nonetheless, the people, no matter which dorm, are very social and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the universities main concern, from my experience, would be academic dishonesty. The professors individually are not so strict. Many are considerate and reasonable, allowing flexibility with some scenarios.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are signing up for classes at MSU, or any other college in fact, I strongly recommend you to find some background information about the professors. There are many sources/reviews of the professors online. (e.g. ratemyprofessors.com)

    In three sentences

    I can't say much since I am barely ending my first semester; however, the professors were very helpful and clear with their teachings. The campus offers many opportunities for student engagement and also many resources to assist you in your studies. I am looking forward to my next semester at MSU.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun. A lot of on campus activities.. New rec center has a pool and lazy river type thing.

    Food and Dining

    Food could be a bit healthier, but overall an OK selection.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life has not been a great experience, but I haven't met anyone else who has a negative outlook on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes I have taken are at a moderate difficulty level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships!!!!

    In three sentences

    The classes I have taken this semester have been just a little higher level of difficulty compared to the high school classes I took. The campus is neat and clean all of the time. The student body is very involved from what I understand.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe as long as you stay on campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is expanding in the fall of 2013 there will be 7 national sororities and 1 local sorority and there are 15 national fraternities. The community is getting unusually strict though and is no longer allowed to be called Greek there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and campus organizations from intramurals to campus ministries to clubs for your major.

    Bang for the buck

    The fastfood meal plan was redone this year and the plan is not very good. Before you had 35 meals that could be used and now you pay per meal (it is like a visa money card).

    What to do for fun

    The sporting events are all free except baseball, there are all kinds of clubs and there is a big night life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is relatively good. There are two dining halls and one has better breakfast food and the other has better dinner food. Both of the dining halls were redone this past summer.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were all just redone and are very nice. The only dorm you do not want to live in is Woods House.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes are unfair in difficulty. All gen eds are 100 level classes and some teachers treat them as though they are middle school classes and some as though they are 400 level classes. You never know what level of difficulty you are going to receive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should be aware that there are many teachers in the Education department who are not qualified to be teachers and that you are paying $15,000 a year for that education.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State has a beautiful campus and is known for being a school for education majors. My experience with teachers in the Education department however has not been good. I have not received an education that has properly prepared me to be a teacher and because of this I am transferring schools.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    One easy way to have fun is going to basketball games: the student section is full of energy and enthusiasm. Plus, it helps that our boys and girls basketball teams are pretty good. In addition, there are movie nights at the Student Union every Wednesday and Sunday night (I saw the Avengers, for instance, shortly after it hit the movie theaters).

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have good variety: at Blair-Shannon and Garst there's always a sandwich and salad bar, as well as 'the Grill' (hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers) and desserts table. Cereals always available, too. For the vegetarians, there's often tofu or vegetarian dishes. For those craving Papa John's, Subway, frozen yogurt, or Panda Express, they're available at the Student Union. And Potter's House (a coffee joint with amazing smoothies and desserts) and Steak and Shake are just down the street.

    Dorm Life

    What's great about living in dorms, anywhere, is having access to friends 24/7. You don't have to drive from your house to theirs--you simply have to walk across the hall. It's great! What's especially great is living in Scholars House, which houses ~100 students. It's the smallest dorm, but everyone's very friendly and social. In fact, Scholars residents are some of the most active students on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    In college, some classes are difficult, others are easy. It depends partly on the professor, and partly on the effort you put into schoolwork. For instance, I had a great Public Speaking teacher and, at the end of Semester, received an A in his class. He was a tough grader, but I'd put in a lot of work. I received a B in Spanish 201, which was the hardest course I've taken. It was a lot of work, and my teacher was strict, but I learned a lot from it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't try to be involved in everything you're freshman year--pace yourself. Realize that you can't do it all. Instead of stretching yourself thin, choose several activities/organizations you want to really commit to. For example, if you're a sports fan, you can be on the Maroon Madness (the student fan group) board. If you want to be involved with people of other cultures, be an English Conversation Partner. Whatever you do, do it because it's what YOU desire to do--and give your 110% best (while doing schoolwork, too, of course).

    In three sentences

    MSU is a great university for anyone wishing to be 'more than a number'--it has roughly 20,000 students, but feels intimate yet big enough for growth at the same time.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Somewhat expensive at Plaster Student Union.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but from what I've heard they have their pros and cons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take too many credit hours in one semester. You'll end up stressing yourself out and won't do as well in your classes as you hope.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is such a great school with a variety of people to meet. The classes are interesting and well suited for your particular needs. Professors are willing to help and meet with their students.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are wonderful posts located all over campus, lit up with a blue light, that have emergency buttons if you ever need it. There also are campus safety officers that will escort you around campus at night if you ever feel unsafe.

    Great for these types of students

    Small town students (such as myself) that want a transition to a larger city life. Springfield is big, but easy to navigate, and has a small town feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a small grotto behind Meyer Library that does not get internet access, which is nice when you need to get away to read a text or just take a break from everything

    What to do for fun

    Level 1 Gaming Center, on campus, is great. Along with the large television, pool table, and ping pong table in our grand lounge, there isn't too much time to be bored!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are pretty good, Garst is definitely better than Blair Shannon. The Boomer Meals are definitely great, using them in the PSU is a nice treat.

    Dorm Life

    I love my hall in Wells. I live on a Living Learning Community for Freshman girls and we are all close knit! It is a wonderful opportunity that I do not regret!

    Academic Rigor

    I did not take many general education classes at MSU, but many other girls in my dorm say that their classes are very demanding, but worth their time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know how much the tuition will be for YOUR academic year. It caught me off guard when the tuition went up after one year.

    In three sentences

    I feel that this beautiful campus is a wonderful place to live and study. There are many very interesting professors and courses of study.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Springfield downtown area is walking distance from campus, and offers a variety of entertainment and shopping. There is also a free art gallery call the Art Walk that is hosted there on the first Friday of every month.

    Food and Dining

    Hours of operation work well with students' schedules, but nothing can beat a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    The no alcohol rule is strictly enforced and the dorms are kept clean. The biggest problem seems to be homesickness.

    Academic Rigor

    Students often help their classmates with the difficult subjects and Missouri State University offers tutors and group study sessions to students to assist them in passing classes such as English, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn in your application early, the earlier you do, the easier the process will go.

    In three sentences

    The school's motto, 'Follow your passion, find your place.' perfectly describes the opportunities that Missouri State University offers. Students can pursue multiple degrees and career paths, and yet the size and set up of the school creates a tight knit community between students and professors.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus patrol are always visible, campus is very well lit, and the BearLine (campus bus) runs late hours on weekends for those who want to go downtown.

    Greek Life

    As a member of the greek community, going greek has gotten me more involved in every way than I could have ever imagined. The greek community is constantly growing and is a great source for leadership, making social connections, and maintaining your studies as well. Definitely go through recruitment to at least see what it's all about at the very least!

    Great for these types of students

    Missouri State University is a great place for students who want to get the whole college experience. It is big enough to feel important, yet just the right size so one will not get lost in the crowd. The campus is constantly being renovated, the programs are great, and the community and students are genuine. My first and only choice in Universities!

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations really are the best way to stay informed on events going on on-campus. Missouri State sends out a weekly e-mail to students letting them know about fun events going on for that week as well. In addition, there are lots of activities going on in the Springfield community and college night discounts for students to enjoy. For instance, $1 movies on Tuesdays at Palace Movie Theatre for those students who have transportation.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options in the dining halls so that even the pickiest eaters can find something. They have since I lived on-campus done lots of renovations to both of the main dining halls and have improved the dining hall service options as well.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience was great! I met so many people in my dorm that I still see on campus and talk to after moving out. Missouri State really makes an effort to connect you with others through floor programs, move-in activities, and student organizations.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes pose more of a challenge than others but it really all depends on the subject, teacher, and your interest level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! At Missouri State it's not all about the studies, it's about finding your place. There are over one hundred student organizations you can join and as a member of the greek community, I can say it has made my college experience!

    In three sentences

    This is the perfect school for a student who wants to find their place in life. There are so many opportunities to get involved that Missouri State provides you with. The campus is just the right size, the faculty is helpful, and the University cares that you succeed!

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police station is right on campus and there are buttons on poles around campus to push if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Many different options!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 clubs and many different intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every student!!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Great pick all around!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    They show movies twice a week, the city is full of excitement, and there is a brand new rec center that is really nice.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of stuff at the union like Chick-Fli-A, Subway, and Papa Johns just to name a few and there are three dinning halls that have a lot of good options.

    Dorm Life

    Any residence hall is awesome!!

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors that really challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn some time management skills, don't be afraid to ask for help, go to class, and have fun!! But, not too much.

    In three sentences

    It has a big campus atmosphere with a small campus feel. The campus is awesome and really compact. The city is a nice college town.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Id checks at dorms after 7:00 pm, and now a bluw light policy where you can push a button at any blue light stop and a cop will escort you to your destination in you are out at odd hours, or feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Is fine, it's relaxed and focused on community work. No one is really mean, they like new kids.

    Great for these types of students

    People interested in studying education, math and science related career feilds. Communications is good as well, though the english program is old fashioned, and uninnnovative for today's modern society. You will learn old technique.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    get involved in activities, club sports-- go to foster recreationa center to workout or play a game of basketball or ping pong. Foster rec also has a rock climbing wall, yoga and areobic classes, as well as a full indoor olympic sized pool that now has DIVE IN movies.

    Food and Dining

    Garst and Blair Shannon offer a wide variety of options to eat, and now a meatless monday for vegetarians, or prospective vegetarians. Its hard on a diet, be careful of the freshman 15. We also have a taco bell, subway, starbucks,pappa johns, panda express, yogurtini, and grill on campus that takes meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms, there is always something going on to get out of your room for. Its a close knit community, and almost all RA's are great and understanding.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are not too bad, if you show up. There is a new attendance policy in place that states three absences is a letter grade drop in the course-- makes you feel like high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    consider the campus, and college town-- if you like to party, come to Springfield. Dont expect new age technique or modern approach to anything in the theatre department, or arts in gerneral.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State Unniversity offers quality education for the price you pay-- it is a state school. Fraternity and Sorority life exist. Though Missouri State offers a liberal arts education, its simply old fashioned, and unintamite. You are just a number.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security here keeps the students about what has been going on around campus. There is an option to have an escort walk with you at night if needed.

    Greek Life

    Many options with houses right off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone. If you are a church person there are many different groups options. Then there are many different intramural sports, along with many club teams. Another group is reslife which is a group of students who plan different activities, movies, concerts, and speakers. Also there is Maroon Madness which is the fan clan for MSU.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested for anything to do with science or agriculture, this is a great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Besides weekly movies and other activities put on by the campus, on campus you can play sports on many different fields or in the new recreational facility. You also have many opportunities to go watch one of MSU's many sports teams. If you just want to get off of campus, the university's bus line goes through downtown. Downtown you have many options such as a theatre, shops, an arcade, nightclubs, and eateries.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few options for where to eat with your meal plan. Each dinning hall is full of options like a grill, salad bar, pizza, pasta, aside from the regular meal choice. Then there other options located in the student center such as Subway, Panda Express, Red Mango, Papa John's, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    MSU has many different options which include regular two person rooms to a new set of apartments. The resident life here is full of different activities that are either for the whole campus or just the building.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the classes you take (obviously higher level classes are harder), but has a lot of good professors. Also has a learning center if you have any trouble.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place for being a state school, just remember to apply early and keep up with your paperwork incase trouble arrises.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a great university with many different options. Its many option in majors involve education in all areas, along with many sciences, agriculture, and many more. Then there are the many opportunities which include, studying and trips overseas and student activities and groups.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As always be smart and things will be extremely safe for you, don't get drunk in a stranger's dorm and you're less likely to be in a bad situation, however we do have a great security and there are alerts whenever something is being investigated right on your email and stuff. Always report problems, this helps to maintain everyone's safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is Stuff for everyone to do. Don't think there is anyone who would say they don't have a place to belong.

    Great for these types of students

    Anthropology has a great comprehensive program and some AMAZING teachers. I majored in this for a while, loved it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a little helmet that drives around on Fridays and if you wear your Bear Wear you can get free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take all the opportunities you can really get your worth from the school. Check the boards and activities and the internships and you'll love it.

    What to do for fun

    Our SAC plans move nights that are great, and you're right near down town so the night life is great.

    Food and Dining

    Right near some great places, Planet Sub, Subway, Einsteins Bagels, so yeah, if you don't like the food they serve there's more around the corner, and the Break Time on the end of the street has the BEST hot chocolate. OMG

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in one so I can't say, but my friends who do say it's good and bad, like everywhere else.

    Academic Rigor

    Like everything this depends on your major, a microbiologist is going to have a more rigorous schedule obviously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take lots of courses in Strong and avoid Freddie, people say it's awesome but the power sometimes goes out and it can flood, trust me a few semesters back a friend lived there.

    In three sentences

    Great Campus, love the diversity, all in all a great school. close to lots of after school hot spots.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt completely safe on campus. I have never been outside on campus, night or day, without seeing at least one patrol car. They offer many services for additional safety for students as well. Including escorting students at late hours back to dorms or other destinations. They also have emergency assistance pillars posted all around campus in case of emergency or immediate danger.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a must at Missouri State. I was involved with an organization called Delta Zeta. It's not only about socializing, but also about making connections. Being apart of Greek Life makes your college experience more fun and can open up your world to new things. A plus about sorority life is the academic help you can receive through making connections with your sisters and brothers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Missouri State seems to center their mission around more involvement outside the classroom. I guarantee a student can find something that they can fit in. With over 300 organizations and counting, Missouri State tries to aim for having more of their students involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being a smaller school gives the advantage of more community events. Usually the school holds concerts, diversity activities, student fairs, and seminars. Missouri State doesn't follow any rituals but they have many events I have only heard of at Missouri State. Locations on campus to know would be the Plaster Student Union where most students hang out. Another location being Carrington Hall where you can handled everything from financial aid to switching majors. All Missouri State programs are located at Carrington.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many ways to save money on campus. There are many off campus bookstores dedicated to finding better rates for books. Another way to save money is through online Missouri State discounts sent daily to your account email used for academic, personal, and activity deals. Another great way to save money is the variety of restaurants with full meals for only around four dollars. In a one mile radius around 50 restaurants that meet the cheap requirements.

    What to do for fun

    The downtown Springfield area is definitely the highlight of Springfield having something to offer for anyone. Living so close to the Ozarks can be a plus in the warmer months. Students can rent equipment or book trips for a weekend in the nature. Another place even closer by full of many attractions, like Silver Dollar City and music shows is the town of Branson just 50 miles away.

    Food and Dining

    Missouri State just built a brand new dining hall on the campus. The facility is very big. I am always extremely satisfied with the options offered. They always have a huge variety of food to choice from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at Missouri State is fantastic. I currently live in the more expensive dorms. They are bigger rooms, included with bathrooms and kitchen style areas. I think they are fairly priced for the high quality. Even the cheapest dorms satisfy a residence needs. Having visit around 4 other schools including Creighton, University of Missouri -Columbia, University of Missouri- Kansas City, and the University of Iowa I would say Missouri State wins in best dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I feel the course load could be more challenging. Although I am speaking as only one semester in as a freshman. I think teachers are qualified for the job, but most of my classes are taught by graduated students and teacher's assistances. I did not pay for a higher level of education to be taught by other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Remember the importance of attending class. 2. Get involved with the tutoring center, know as the BearClaw. Statistics show a huge increase in grades for students who use this free help tool. 3. Try to find an organization that fits you. Most of the time you can make connections to academics and employment opportunities because of a university organization.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State has the mission of diversity and involvement. I feel the focus is shifted less off an education and more to extracurricular activities. The professors at this institution are very well qualified for the job in my opinion.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Missouri State has many things going on all year round. There is always a sporting event going on. Many concerts also come to MSU. MSU is in the town of Springfield MO which has over 150,000 people so there is always something going on. MSU also has a club called Student Activities Committee that plans weekly events like bowling, movies, and games.

    Food and Dining

    Missouri State has multiple buffet style dining areas in and near the dorms as well as a variety of dining options in the Plaster Student Union. These options include Panda Express, Subway, Papa Johns, a burger place, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, and Red Mango.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorm options at Missouri State. There something for everyone and many dorms have attached dining and computer labs.

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of great high level classes at Missouri State University. Many of the lower level classes are also challenging and help you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you get the books that you need for class. Always attend every class that you possibly can. Make sure you choose a major that fits you and that you can have fun with.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a wide variety of people. The teachers care about the students and most students are very friendly. This is a great school in a great town.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    HUGE Greek Life community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    For students wanting an overall good/average college experience for a good value.

    What to do for fun

    Thrift shops, recreation activities, hiking

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies. Don't fall behind. Have fun, don't stress too much.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a good school for students looking for a good value. It offers mostly everything for a good price. Students seem to get a good college experience at this school.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    91 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe to be on campus, there are a lot of street lamps so there aren't any dark areas but once you get off campus it can get a little sketchy.

    Greek Life

    AMAZING!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs and activities to get involved in. Definitly something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, active, friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not to unusual, but one of the buildings on campus is open 24 hours so if you ever need a place to get away you can go there at any time.

    What to do for fun

    Friends, Recreation center, off campus activities, downtown is really close.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food gets old after awhile but it's not all that bad.

    Dorm Life

    The rules in the dorms suck but the rooms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is pretty easy to keep up with as long as you do you're homework and keep up with your assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think that the classes are anything like high school, because they aren't.

    In three sentences

    Bid college with small college feeling. Really easy to get involved in different organizations. Greek community at Missouri State is amazing.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    92 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations on campus. You will meet people with similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    Missouri State has made recent improvements to its food and dining services. The dining halls offer a variety of foods that aim to meet the nutritional needs of the students. There are also numerous fast food chain options available in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms. However, I have many friends who did live in the dorms, and they seemed pleased with the living conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major of choice, academic rigor varies. I am currently pursuing one of the notoriously tough majors Missouri State offers. This major is definitely challenging. However, as challenging as it may be, I am learning valuable information that will be utilized in my future endeavors.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of people say It's ok to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you start college. This is true, but having an idea helps speed the college process along.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University in Springfield has allowed me to gain the educational foundation I will need for graduate schools plans following undergraduate graduation. The environment is warm and welcoming, presenting a place conducive to learning. All of the students, professors, and faculty are enjoyable to interact with.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Would like to taste it.

    Dorm Life

    Interested in finding out.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't quite know yet.

    In three sentences

    Sounds like its something I want to check out.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    94 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. If you do not feel safe, there is always a 24 hours security guard who will guide you home.

    Greek Life

    Very organized, sophisticated. There are many fun and nice people out there. Great to expand your friend circle.

    Clubs and Activities

    300+ clubs and organizations! You never get bored. It keeps you busy and alert while enjoying the college life with friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Everybody! There is no discrimination at all! Everybody is welcome to find here your second family!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has many activities and events happening all the time! Don't get behind and get updated on fun things to do while attending MSU.

    Bang for the buck

    I have recently transferred to MSU. So far, I am very very pleased with my academics, my professors and school overall. Met different people from different countries. It is so diverse! The tutoring center provides so much help in my classes. Also, I love love love eating on campus. Food is delicious and fresh!

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations and clubs, dorm parties, outdoor activities in and outside of Springfield, other on campus student activities which involve a lot student from all around the world.

    Food and Dining

    Three different dining hall options, plus number of fast food places. Also, the location is very convenient, downtown. There are plenty of food places all around!

    Dorm Life

    Extremely fun! Number of select dormitory options! The campus life just gets more rewarding.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying at Missouri State University is not hard at all if you do not procrastinate, and do all your works. The teachers are very nice and friendly, they are always there for you to help and give advices. High quality of lectures gives you a lot of knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a good GPA you will qualify for scholarships. Also, Missouri State University provides students number of academic advising, tutoring which is free and very helpful. The campus life is very fun. There are more than 300 different student organizations to give you a memorable experience.

    In three sentences

    A welcoming, heartwarming environment for transfer students. Great campus location in downtown. Professors are highly encouraging, and helping students to succeed like no one else.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    95 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    GO GREEK! It helps get you involved on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Its not the best but it could be worse.

    Dorm Life

    Ive met almost everyone on my floor and we all get along very well!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are perfect! if you are struggling in a class, there are many ways to get help.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!

    In three sentences

    Springfield is the perfect size! There is always something to do on campus, and so many ways to be involved!

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    96 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel safe on campus. there have been saftey alerts here and there, but its not a problem that campus police deal with every day. but the school has safe points where you can call for help if something does happen, and they offer self defense for women in the recreation center.

    Greek Life

    i am not a part of greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    i am a part of anthropology club and the live action society. i have met a lot of people though these clubs and they helped me to be even more comfortable on campus

    Great for these types of students

    free spirited, open minded individuals

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    this school has really cool architecture.

    Bang for the buck

    all the students really enjoy the camps and take advantage it buy habnging hammocks, tightrops, and playing music on the Paw.

    What to do for fun

    i am a party person so i like to go out on thursdays. sac also takes care of entertainment after 9pm by hosting movie showings, game nights, pool partys, mystery dinners, bowling, and tone of other things to do after a long day of studying.

    Food and Dining

    the plaster student union has good food to eat over once in a while. Blair-shanon has good soup and desert. Garst has good lunch and dinner

    Dorm Life

    i do not like in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    the professors are amazing, they know what they are teaching and care that you are paying attention and that you are learning. i feel comfortable going to all of my professors offices and can be confident they can help me understand any thing i missed.

    Tips for prospective students

    this school is comfortable and makes me feel safe. they offer meal plans, take advantage of them. they just got a panda express in the student union, its good but don't eat there every day, you will get sick.

    In three sentences

    Missouri state university is a school i feel comfortable at. They are proud of the diversity they have on campus and every one can feel comfortable no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities some one might have. They have all the student resources you could possibly need from food, health, tutoring, housing and you can easily catch a ride on the bear-line or walk downtown for any entertainment.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    97 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    MSU is a really great deal for the education you are going to receive and also all the amenities that go with it.

    What to do for fun

    MSU just built a recreational activities building where you can work out or play games, and even swim. But, if you don't like that then there is an entire city to go explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best college food I have had so far. I have been to other colleges on visits and honestly I am very impressed with MSU. The dinning hall is great and has plenty of choices and the student union is great if you want fast food close to your dorm room.

    Dorm Life

    I have experienced dorm life for a short time during soccer camp. It was amazing, everything was clean, people were nice, and the beds were very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, and the professors have a Ph.D in their respective fields. The graduation rate is higher than the standard rate across U.S. colleges and universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really try to get to know your professors, they are really great people.

    In three sentences

    Has an absolutely beautiful campus, and wonderful people who work there. The buildings are just as great and the city is big enough to explore but not to big. You can find one of your friends anywhere downtown.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    98 of 150

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    i went to the showcase and i really liked it. the facility in the global studies department were very nice. GREAT SCHOOL!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    99 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus seems to be really safe. There are campus cops always around and columns with blue lights that you can go to for help, place throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are many different Greek fraternities and sororities you can join!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs you can join!!

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out on the beautiful campus, play in the game center in the PSU, shop at the book store, hang out in any of the dorms, workout at the rec center, play ball or Frisbee in one of the fields, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! Especially in Garst Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone seems to be really nice and helpful. The dorms all somewhat nice, some more than others.

    Academic Rigor

    This campus also tests your mind, especially if you are in Honor's College. The focus on you being an individual and being creative.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you believe in something, stay strong in your beliefs because college does try to change that.

    In three sentences

    I love Missouri State. I think the teachers there challenge students and help us to work our minds to the fullest potential. The campus is beautiful also.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    100 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The majority of the time I felt completely safe on campus. I got more emails about crimes on campus than I felt comfortable with.

    Greek Life

    I had a terrible experience with Greek life. It was not for me, but that doesn't mean it's not for some people.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of different activities on campus to get involved with if you just put yourself out there.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of diversity.

    Dorm Life

    Two of my three roommates were terrible.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of reading and teaching yourself things that the teachers do not necessarily go over in class

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! I didn't, and I really regret it. Go to class!

    In three sentences

    Good school. The teachers are hit or miss as far as how much they care about their students and how involved they are. Classes are not too difficult if you actually go to class and pay attention.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    101 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is totally tobacco free and its safer than most colleges I've visited.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bearwear Fridays where everyone dresses up in their Missouri State pride on Fridays. This shows school spirit and it makes it easier if you don't know what to wear.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is cheap and you can receive a great education.

    What to do for fun

    you can go bike riding, rock climbing, or swimming. They have a great new rec center there that is really nice for relaxing after big exams.

    Food and Dining

    They have really good food for a reasonable price. They also have places you can get your food on campus like Papa Johns and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice and inexpensive too!

    Academic Rigor

    They have a great Masters program i'm looking into. I will go there for four years then transfer to Missouri S & T later. So if you want to go there but couldn't get in here is a way you can have both quality schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely apply if i were you. This college has lots of programs and the professors are great.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this college! It has that home town feel without losing the University feel. Springfield is also full of friendlier people than most cities I've been to.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    102 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    There is honestly so much to do in Springfield when you're on a budget, from going Downtown to shop, for First Fridays, or even going to the drive through safari.

    What to do for fun

    There is honestly so much to do in Springfield, from going Downtown to shop, for First Fridays, or even going to the drive through safari.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is pretty good, for having to serve thousands of hungry college students every day. They try their best at making food that makes you feel like you're mom is behind the stove cooking you everything.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are such a great place to live. You make so many new friends, and you are easily involved with all the on-campus activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes can be a tough one, but once you start getting into your major classes everything becomes more fun and you actually start liking learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to put yourself out there when it comes to meeting new people, and joining new groups. There are so many different things you can do at Missouri State, don't be afraid!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is honestly an amazing college. It has that home-town but big college campus feel at the same time.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    103 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Yes!

    Great for these types of students

    Very diverse cultural and ethnic student body.

    Bang for the buck

    The university places the responsibility for learning on both the student and the teacher. What that means to you is that your professor is going to present material and projects that are interesting and engaging, in other words, that will foster learning. Also, the campus has several activities and organizations. These are combined with the area's beautiful shops, services and parks. Really what is there not to like about MSU?

    What to do for fun

    The university has several study abroad programs. There are weekend trips every month. There are comedy clubs, live theater, live music. The area is full of parks and the greater area has lakes, hiking and racing events.

    Tips for prospective students

    As you are signing up for your classes, take the time to go over to the www.ratemyprofessor.com and see what other students are saying about your prospective teachers.

    In three sentences

    MSU is loaded with fun activities and associations. It is a part of a beautiful urban area with cute shops and services and a happening night life. Combine that with the stimulating academics and I feel MSU is one of the countries best state universities.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    104 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this great campus wide game of Humans vs Zombies, which I have yet to participate in, but I've seen it and it looks so fun. A lot of people judge, but if you have an open mind, I highly recommend you join!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many campus activities to keep you entertained, especially in the beginning. Campus is also really close to the downtown area which has coffee shops, Art Walk every first Friday of the month, a hookah bar, and many shops. In the Square downtown, there are people who play there instruments and also little shows that go on. Don't forget to check out the plays and shows at the theatre and arena! There is an events calendar on the website for campus activities, including what movie the PSU is playing that week.

    Food and Dining

    Alright, you HAVE to look at the menu for the dining halls online before you go. There are a couple of different halls. I prefer Garst because they have a larger menu and their food tends to be a bit more fresh. Many times, I have eaten cereal or a salad because I didn't look at the menu and didn't like the food they had those times. The dining halls always have salad, burgers, fresh fruit, cereal, and yogurt. They have soda, juice, coffee, tea, milk, and water. They have some pretty tasty desserts, as well. Now if you decide to dine in at PSU, beware. Your money gets spent really quickly there. It's delicious, but also a bit of a wait.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in living in the dorms has been a great one. I have made so many friends from my floor, and my roommate and I are still pretty close. Because I've lived in a dorm, I've involved myself with more on-campus activities and made more friends that I have become really close with. Even though it is a bit pricey, dorm life is what made my first year of college particularly awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    There are all types of classes with teachers of different styles. I have had some classes that really challenged me (in a good way) and really made me think. There are also some classes that are required, but really boring and unnecessary. It really depends on the teacher you have, and your interest in the subjects you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to file for Financial Aid asap, because sometimes it takes a while and some paperwork comes up missing. Also, don't be afraid to put yourself out there. I made plenty of friends and I enjoy everyday I spend on campus. If you want to have a more in-depth experience, I suggest you live in a dorm.

    In three sentences

    This school has a very diverse population of students, in ages, races, and ethnicity. It has an unbelievable amount of groups, programs, and clubs available for everyone to join and be a part of. No matter who you are, or where you're from, you'll find a place in this community and make plenty of life-long friends!

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    105 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    My favorite are the sporting events and Student Activity Council events. There are free movies offered each week and a special event every Thursday night. Most events either offer free food or prizes and are usually free. There are great concerts that come to John Q. Hammons Arena and the Springfield Cardinals stadium is within walking distance. There are a lot of good restaurant options around town and most you can walk or ride the bus to if you don't have a car. Also many places offer discounts to students like the movie theater and some of the clubs. We also have a really nice, new recreation center that offers weekend trips to go hiking or canoeing.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dinning halls on campus that both hold a lot of people and have good food. They are open almost all day and there is a late night dinning option everyday except the weekends. The staff are very nice and there are gluten free and healthy meal options. Each dinning hall has many options for food including everyday salad bar, hamburger bar, pizza, pasta and cereal. Inside the student union there are also a few restaurants including: Chick-fil-a, Subway, Panda Express, and a Burger place.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Hammons Hall my freshman year and it was very nice. The desk workers and resident assistants where all very nice and helped out when you needed it. Also if you don't plan on bringing your own computer there is a computer room on the main level that can be used by students and if you have your own then you can print to the front desk from your room. The hallways, stairs, basement and study lounges where all kept clean and nice. We have a lot of fun events planned by the RAs almost every week and most have free food. The rooms are extremely nice and they just put in new curtains and hardwood floors. In my room we have our own bathroom and full size refrigerator. There are also recycle bins in the lobby.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this would depend on what major you where pursuing, but the general courses that most students have to take to graduate are easy and a few are fun. You just have to learn that college classes require a lot of reading and extra time outside of class in order for you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a larger student body on a smaller campus, Missouri State is for you. The campus is compact and everything is easy to walk to. You can make a lot of friends and the campus is small enough that you will see them walking around. I would definitely try to go on a campus visit because the tour guides are great and really care about answering your questions and giving you the information you need.

    In three sentences

    A friendly, compact college campus where academics are important. There are plenty of clubs and intramural sports to get involved with. Safe place to be and close to any place you would want to get to in Springfield.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    106 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe at Missouri State, I know that in some buildings security was a little extreme and led to many upset individuals due to doors locking by themselves after being closed.

    Clubs and Activities

    Missouri State had a ton of different activities and a wide variety of clubs all around the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Missouri State is a school that encourages Interracial relationships with the students; it doesn't matter what age difference or color differences there are, everyone is encouraged to get along.

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers were probably my most favorite part of the whole campus. Blair Shannon staff were always kind and made me feel like I had a family near by.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you live in, and how enthusiastic you are about making friends you may want to choose one of the more costly areas to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Missouri State University is no walk in the park, unless you plan on putting the effort in you may want to look somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    The environment is great at Missouri State University, but if your a freshman who has little money, or motivation, you may want to think about going to Ozark Technical Community College. It is easy to transfer to and from Missouri State from OTC; if your just looking to complete your general eds. One more thing, do not take Mythology online at Missouri State unless your ready to put up a huge fight.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    107 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The sporting events are really fun to go to and Student Activities Council always has really fun events every week.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually really good and the dining halls have a lot of options which make it easy to always find something you really want.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorm because you get to meet so many people. I also really like that there are dorm and floor events every month.

    Academic Rigor

    I thought most of my classes were difficult at first because I was transitioning from high school to college. Once I got comfortable I realized you have to study a lot but your professors really want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would strongly suggest going to all of the event the first weekend and the first week because that is where you will meet the most people.

    In three sentences

    The campus is my favorite part because it is a fairly big college, but it is really compact so it is easy to get around. There are always fun events put on by the college to go to. And the professors are all generally helpful and want you to succeed.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    108 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a Springfield Police substation on campus as well as having campus safety officers. Campus is well lit and if you are ever nervous there are emergency boxes you can press a button to call campus safety to for an escort.

    Greek Life

    We have a TON of Greek organizations who are centered close to campus and maintain high academic standards, uphold the public affairs mission, and still manage to have a great time.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a large number of professional and social fraternities as well as a great number of campus organizations that students can join. You can do anything from join a group who hang out informally to watch anime to join the Student Government Association and help to shape MSU policies.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists, future teachers, business majors, and pre-medical or nursing students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year one of the dorms, Wells, hosts a rootbeer kegger.

    Bang for the buck

    MSU personally offers lots of things to do on campus for free such as movies in the student union and bingo for prizes, but we constantly have music performances performed by our top performing groups (MSU Concert Chorale has performed world-wide, The Pride Band is the best thing about football games, and we have two acapella groups to boot). MSU also has traveling performers come through the performing arts center and sports complex.

    What to do for fun

    We have a group called Student Activities Council who put on activities like movies in the student union and bingo nights where you can win prizes. The student union also offers a bowling alley in the basement. Just North of campus is downtown with a movie theater that offers half price tickets on Tuesdays and buy one-get one free tickets at times. Downtown also has a number of great restaurants including Maria's and Whisler's (Italian and sliders, respectively). Alternatively there are art walks just North of campus on Walnut street every month and great food at Gilardi's or Bangkok City on Walnut Street as well. Or, if you're missing nature, you can check out the Japanese Stroll Garden or the Nature Center.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls look wonderful after the most recent remodeling and the food tends to be at least decent. You won't have a five star dining experience, but there will usually be something tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Over all the dorms are really pretty well maintained and have great Resident Assistants as well as Hall Directors and Assistant Hall Directors, however there are some buildings that need some repairs and the policies (such as visitation and alcohol tolerance) are a bit restrictive for students in Junior and Senior year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes at MSU are taught by exceptional professors, but you do occasionally find a professor or graduate student teaching a class that has no business doing so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Having a car can be nice, but you can get most anything you need on campus. Residence life and services will tell you that living on campus is the most inexpensive way to go, but that isn't true. Living off campus with roommates is often much cheaper, although commuting is a bit of a hassle. Also, if, like many college students you think you want to change majors, ask questions of faculty and advisers for the department you're in and considering changing to.

    In three sentences

    MSU is a great option for students anywhere in Missouri or surrounding states who want to major in business or education. We're a bit short on greenery on campus, but there are still beautiful spots and with high quality faculty it's easy to overlook. Best of all, MSU has nearly everything that a student would absolutely need available on campus, so if you don't have a car, you don't have to worry.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    109 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Greek Life

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Great for these types of students

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Bang for the buck

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    What to do for fun

    I am a commuter student/I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Food and Dining

    I am a commuter student.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student.

    Academic Rigor

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am too new of a student to be able to say.

    In three sentences

    I have only attended one class so far. I am a brand new student here so I am not a good one to say how this college rates.

  • 08/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    110 of 150

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, so much to do! Stay on campus with friends and parties all the time.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are delicious and the PSU is always good no matter what.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Woods and it's been AMAZING!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely attend!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University has one of the nicest and prettiest campuses I have seen. It is also full of helpful staff and very friendly student body. I love MoState Bears!

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    111 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always see campus security around, so I always feel very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 300 clubs and organizations are available to join!

    What to do for fun

    I like to swim at the Rec Center.

    Food and Dining

    Great food! There is a lot of different foods to choose from and the menus change everyday, so that you can have a variety! Also, the seating is nice; you can sit at a booth or table.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome, especially if you live on an LLC floor. Everyone here is like a huge family on our floor. I live in Freddy, which is nice because it is very central and there is a lot of spacious room here.

    Academic Rigor

    Becoming friends with professors and advisors has opened so many doors for me. Everyone at MSU is there to help, and they do a great job at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do what you love and never give up. MSU will take you there.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is the best college in the United States! MSU supports students in following their dreams and passions, and never gives up on the student. MSU allows you to follow your passion and find your place, which is the motto. :)

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    112 of 150

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the tudoring and class specific study session as possible.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University has great opportunities to learn and many majors to choose from. The University offers many clubs and organizations where students can meet others in their field of study and create new friendships.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several on campus clubs to join as well as Springfield is a nice town with many fun off campus options.

    Food and Dining

    They have two dorm dining options and several fast food options in the student union. They have a bear bucks that allows you to budget money for these additional dining options.

    Dorm Life

    They have a good variety of living options. Two person suite style, two person community style and 4 and 6 person rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a good general education curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    After two visits we still have not been able to speak to the department head. Make sure you make a visit during the week in order to see the department or speak with an instructor.

    In three sentences

    I really liked the amenities that this school offers. The campus is a bit large but the school offers a bus line to take you around campus. The offering of extra curricular activities is huge. There is no reason why you couldn't get involved in something you enjoy.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a safety phone number available for all students that you can call even if you just don't want to walk back from your car in the dark, they will come walk you to your dorm. It is very safe

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great place to be. I wouldn't want to go to school anywhere else

    Food and Dining

    There is a big variety

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms gives you lots of cool things to do and a ton of new people to meet. But be careful who you room with, I wish I would have chosen differently

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy my classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up with your studies, cramming sucks

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. There are always things to do. They make you feel like you belong

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join an intramural team. Ultimate Frisbee was my favorite.

    Food and Dining

    The food could have been a little healthier. Salad every day isn't what I would want.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was really great! Being involved with the college activities was much easier when I was living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can definitely be challenging. If you put your best foot forward and keep up with your homework you'll do great.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is very encouraging. The staff is the best I have ever seen. I don't feel out of place.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus, even when I'm walking back from night classes. If something were to happen there a emergency blue lights near by on every end of campus. The campus police are also always riding around, but thankfully they were never needed.

    Greek Life

    I enjoy going to step shows the Greek life put on; they're always fun to attend. The sororities and fraternities houses are cool and they throw great parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have a lot of different talents, and there are clubs/activities for each of them. You can even create your own club is you wanted to.

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend someone is throwing a party nearby. You can always go downtown to clubs and to eat. If you get tired of Springfield, Branson isn't that far away either.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are two different dining halls that serve different food each day for all courses of the day. There is also a Panda Express, Red Mango, Subway, Papa Johns, Grill Nation and Chick fil A inside the Main Building. And different restaurants in walking distance off campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun! The rooms are nice and the beds or comfy, You meet new people everyday and they have events every week as well to do so.

    Academic Rigor

    MSU doesn't allow cheating whatsoever! Do your best and you'll succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be challenged in all perspectives of life, MSU- Springfield is the school to attend.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a overall good school. There is diversity and fun here. You most importantly get your education. I love everything about it!

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great. They send out a safety email every so often and they also send out alerts about things that have happened not only on campus, but also in the surrounding areas.

    Greek Life

    Don't participate in this. But there are plenty of options

    Clubs and Activities

    Each major and minor field has their own clubs and activities, so there are numerous ones.

    What to do for fun

    All kinds of things to do around campus, it is very close to downtown so there are clubs, bars, art centers, cafes, and lots of other things.

    Food and Dining

    Never eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live in dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes taken, some are incredibly difficult and others are quite easy. All the classes I have been in so far have all been very well organized and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you take your education seriously, then the professors will give their everything to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    My experience so far has been wonderful. All of the staff is very helpful and dedicated to your success. For the most part all professors will accommodate their schedules to help best fit the student's if they are needing help.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I pledged Phi Gamma Delta, and am so far loving it! very close greek community.

    In three sentences

    Springfield is a large university with a sort of small-college feel. You'll never walk to class without seeing someone you know. The sense of community on campus is phenomenal.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Intramural Sports of all kinds Over 300 clubs and organizations

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be pressured to choose a major right away because when you are here and away from home, you will learn more about yourself and what you really want to do in life.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a university filled with people of many different cultures. Anyone and everyone is extremely friendly and happy to help with anything. The teachers and professors are here because they care, not just for the paycheck, which I enjoy a lot.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the events on campus or explore downtown Springfield.

    In three sentences

    MSU is a great school! There is always something to do or a way to meet new people. The professors here are fantastic!

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday is Bear Wear day....when you wear your MSU gear

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the online courses need some work

    What to do for fun

    I am not on the main campus, but I receive a lot of emails about the activities on campus

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It is a lot more work that community college!

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students need to attend classes, take notes, and participate in class. The extra curriculars are pretty great too.

    In three sentences

    The faculty seems to be very warm. They care about your progress. They support student individuality.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus. we do at have a lot of crime on campus.

    Greek Life

    greek life is small but continues to grow. It is not the center like other schools but still has a large part on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone

    Bang for the buck

    Awesome school! you learn a lot and have fun at the same time.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is right next to down town! Down town has a great night life and the bear line runs down there during the day and at night. We do have sports teams even though they aren't the best it is still fun to tail gate and go cheer them on! Everyone here has a lot of energy.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, I try and stay out of the dining hall, the hours aren't very good either. Our food court is AMAZING though, it has panda express and other great choices. It is also open all the time and you can use your bear bucks there.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are good! They are redoing them but keep them all looking nice. They are all in great locations on campus and you cant go wrong no matter which one you pick.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some teachers who are really hard and others who are easy. It really depends on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look around and visit the campus before you say yes. The campus is beautiful and they keep updating it every year. Don't go where your friends go, ,ake your own choices.

    In three sentences

    MSU is awesome, everyone is very welcoming and there are so many different student groups for everyone to join. The teachers here are very helpful and the class sizes are nice and small once you get into your major classes. It is very easy to fit in!

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is public pool tables, recreational center with an indoor pool, free movie night every week with usually the latest movies

    Food and Dining

    the food tend to get boring since there is not much change in it

    Dorm Life

    they have good activities that they put on to help get people to socialize and hang out but are not required to attend.

    Academic Rigor

    most classes are easy, but some makes you think

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the campus, you will enjoy college more avoid advisers if you can, they don't know what they're talking about

    In three sentences

    The other students are very nice and friendly and most of the staff usually likes to help you if you need anything. My experience with advisers is they really don't know what they're talking about and you're better not going to them unless you absolutely have to.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The money is worth it because you get free tutoring, free games, free movies, and free workout center. It is an amazing school. GO BEARS!

    Food and Dining

    They have 2 starbucks, dining halls open almost 24.7, convince store, panda express, subway, chick-fil-a, papa johns, and even more. You can find anything to eat at almost any time.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I have no idea.

    Academic Rigor

    You do have to study, but some of the classes are pretty straightforward. It all depends on what your brain is like, but in math you will have to study rigorously.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The teachers are very helpful. There are a lot of opportunities that can help your resume, and your soul.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I am not currently a student on campus, as I am a distance learner. However, I do like how the Campus security notifies all Blackboard Users when a threat, crime alert, or safety alert is present.

    What to do for fun

    Does not apply

    Food and Dining

    Does not apply

    Dorm Life

    Does not Apply

    Academic Rigor

    I am taking online classes at this time, and I feel the content and process are both very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask for assistance. Communicate often with your advisor.

    In three sentences

    Admission staff is extremely helpful. Bursar's Office works with the student in making payments for credit hours. The Educators I have had are very helpful, encouraging, and patient.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency call stations about every 50 yards and campus security is always on patrol. I've never once felt unsafe while on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life Is fairly big at MSU, but if you're not Greek, you're not a minority, so don't worry.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 300 clubs on campus and if you can't find one you like, you can always just make your own!

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri State Is a relatively inexpensive school and it's also an amazing school with a lot to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Springfield isn't a huge city, but there are plenty of things to do for fun. We have a ton of parks and trails, movie theaters, cool restaurants, coffee shop, mini golf, bowling, and lots more. A lot of places will give a discount to college students as long as you show your student ID. There are always events happening on campus as well, like concerts, free food, giveaways, movie nights, fundraisers and countless more. Every student has a $25 fee build into their student fee's that goes to the Student Activities Council (SAC) and that's how we have so many cool and free events all the time on campus and for college students.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are seriously great. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I ate there. So many choices and they are all delicious. We also have restaurants like Subway, Papa John's, Panda Express, Red Mango,Starbucks and Chik-fil-a in our student center!

    Dorm Life

    I live at home, but my friends all live in dorms and they enjoy it. Being right on campus is conveinient and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but if you study and pay attention in class there is no reason you shouldn't succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind when you come to college, try new things and step out of your comfort zone, you'll be surprised how many friends you make and you will learn new things about yourself.

    In three sentences

    Awesome college town. Get involved! Great environment.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    It is average.

    Dorm Life

    Not a fan.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Study Study.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a great University with a lot of great people. You get a great small campus feel on a big campus. There are always people here to help.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a lot of crime alerts lately.

    Greek Life

    It isnt everything here which is nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to chose from.

    What to do for fun

    partyyyy

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of this campus!

    In three sentences

    A great place to meet new people. There is always something to do. Also, greek life isnt everything here.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    1. Watch Movies 2. Attend University Sports Events 3. Attend other events

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Study Hard 2. Play Harder 3. Work your Hardest

    In three sentences

    MSU is a place filled with multiple opportunities. Academic Advisers are very supportive and care about your academic standing. The opportunities provided by MSU are not only academic (such as research, etc.), but include travel abroad opportunities, employment opportunities, and extracurricular opportunities as well.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's not too far from downtown (and there are shuttles to and from downtown) so you can go to a movie, eat at a restaurant, or just hangout without much effort!

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE Blair-Shannon's dining hall. All-you-can-eat buffet for less than $6!

    Dorm Life

    I'm sure it's good; however, I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are willing to work for your education, you'll have no problem. It's not difficult to get a good grade -- especially if you actually WANT it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to work on your time-management skills. The teachers are great, but some will require you to set aside more time than you're used to for their class. Just be prepared.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with great instructors. However, while they really push finding your place and creating new organizations, they make the organization foundation process very long and difficult. For academics, it's great; for organizations, not-so-much.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is too expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go to Chi Alpha Campus Ministry. You acquire an entire family within about 2 seconds and the friendships will last a lifetime.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Me and my friends like to study on top of the outdoor climbing rock.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do downtown. Just driving down National you can find many options if you can't find an event on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are very convenient, the staff is really nice and the food is good every day.

    Dorm Life

    It is required for freshman to live on campus, but even if it weren't I would recommend it. You meet a lot of people and make new friends which makes it easier to get involved. The dorms are very well kept. Props to the janitorial staff.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Missouri State are very adequate in getting students ready for the jobs they will acquire after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Missouri State is amazing. Get involved in groups early. Chi Alpha the campus ministry is awesome!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a very good college. The environment is very welcoming. The level of education is very good and the professors are also good.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are vary serious about they safety of their students and they take every filed charge seriously.

    Food and Dining

    Not to healthy eating places but they aren't expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but all my friends that do say its great.

    Academic Rigor

    Starting Freshmen classes were not much of a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are get into college life kind of person this is a great school for you. Not many scholarship opportunities but have lots of on campus resources to help you out.

    In three sentences

    Great school in general. Not a very big science program. Very focused on public affairs.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety here at Missouri State is taken very seriously. We have security guards around campus all day, every day, making sure that everything is running smoothly and going orderly. There are safe zones, tall blue poles, spread throughout campus. So if you push one, a cop will be there immediately to help you.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here at Missouri State is a wonderful thing to get involved in, though you don't need to get involved to meet people and have a good time. You can easily make friends and get involved without joining one; but the people who are involved are wonderful people. You can be in Greek Life and still have friends who aren't, or not be in the Greek Life and have people who are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and activities that you can get involved in here at Missouri State. If you've ever wanted to do something, but just for fun, joining a club is the best way to be a part of that. And if Missouri State doesn't have the club here, then you can always start a club, you just need four other people to help start it with you, and you're good to go!

    Great for these types of students

    If you love to watch movies, the Student Activities Council plays a free movie in the Plaster Student Union theater. The movies vary from scary, comedy, romantic, drama, and action, but there are a ton of people who go to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many different 'hot spots' around campus which are small boxes that blow out ho air; during the colder seasons you'll see tons of students surrounding there boxes and hanging out with their friends. We also have a large fountain that comes on during the warmer seasons and you'll find many students piled around that as well, just enjoying the view.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of things to do here at Missouri State every day for fun! You can go to the REC center where there's a gym, basketball court, volleyball, rock climbing wall, swimming pool with a hot tub, sauna, and a zip line that submerges into the water. The Student Activities Council also puts on many different events for the students. That is just a small few of the things available here at Missouri State.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services are really well here at Missouri State. They offer many different choices and have smiling faces behind every counter who's working. The people who work in the dining halls are very friendly and want to get to know the students, not just on an acquaintance basis. There is also many different fast food places to go to like Chik-Fil-A, SubWay, Papa John's, and a Panda Express, and many more, inside of the Plaster Student Union available to the students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here at Missouri State is amazing! The Resident Assistants are always there to talk and help you with anything that you may need. Getting to know the people on your floor helps a lot, especially if you don't know anyone on campus yet. Like I said, everyone here at Missouri State is very friendly and are always wanting to meet new people, so don't be afraid to do that.

    Academic Rigor

    Missouri State is not a hard place to be when it comes to the classes. Are they more difficult than high school? Well yes, because you're in college now. But the classes aren't so much harder as they are time consuming, probably just like any other college you may attend. The thing that makes Missouri State stand out is that they have so many resources available to you that will help you succeed and everything is literally right there at your finger tips, you just have to go to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to join something that you've never done before, people are always there to help you learn and grow. At Missouri State you will feel at home with the faces you see around campus everyday, they're friendly and always there to guide you and help you meet new people. Try to take classes that you wouldn't normally take, because you'll probably find yourself loving a course that wasn't available in high school or at another university.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a friendly place to be and everyone is willing to get to know everyone. Here at Missouri State there are a ton of ways to get involved, whether it be a campus job, intramural sports, or living in the dorms; everyone is involved with something. Missouri State is a place to follow your passion and find your place, and everyone here helps you do just that.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety officers, emergency telephones, and well lit sidewalks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless ways to get involved on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the student fees seem a little high but great tuition price.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is nearby, many coffee shops within walking distance. There are also a ton of activity the first few weeks of school.

    Food and Dining

    Great place to be a vegan/vegetarian. Down side? The dining centers seem to be on a health kick 24/7.

    Dorm Life

    I love the people on my floor and the shared restroom is always kept pretty clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on the subject, type of class (internet, traditional, etc) and the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for an early orientation to get the classes you need. Also, bring an umbrella and rain boots! It rains a lot on campus.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a great place to meet people. The campus is beautiful in the fall and summer. The location is nice too, if you like to be close to downtown.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I loved eating at the PSU. Great college life environment.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but I heard nothing but negative things.

    Academic Rigor

    My current department is extremely difficult and competitive. Although, not every department is as competitive. Check our your major before committing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the department your degree is in. Compare it to all other school you are interested in and then make your decision. The CSD program is highly competitive and sometimes I wish that I would have gone elsewhere.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus and majority of the teacher. Depending on your degree it may or may not be the place for you. It is very competitive. Perfect match for myself.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If called they show up but finding them is kind of rare. there are not security cameras in parking lots or around campus but there are emergency towers. theft and burglary are not very prominent but there have been instances where women especially were caught out late in the night and were taken advantage of (whether just robbed or more)

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs and activities that were not offered in my high school. so i got to try new things like handball and fencing. the people are super nice and it is a great way to make new memories.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for most types of students but if you are a die hard football fan, do not go to MSU because football games are not that great. but basketball games are super awesome. there is every type of student here from introverted to extraverted so believe me, you will find your match.

    What to do for fun

    Where to begin?! MSU is a larger campus so there is always something going on from party (for partiers) to seminars (for science nerds aka me) to free bowling and a lot more. Those are just things ON- campus. Springfield is a pretty big town so there are movies off campus and art walks and a lot of different activities for people that live in Springfield. And then theres always just hanging out with friends in other people's dorms. with all the activities to do, if you get bored regularly, there is something wrong.

    Food and Dining

    Some days the food is spectacular but sometimes it does lack variety. There are always healthy options like a salad bar and the kitchen is sensitive too food allergies.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be very fun at times and very loud at others. I am a girl so I cannot speak much about the boys sides but the girls really formed friendships (at least on my floor) and you don't have to clean your own bathroom. I also became best friends with my roommate. I probably would have never met her if I did not choose the dorms (Freudenberger to be exact) but also the dorms are on campus which makes you closer to all your classes and on campus resources.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than other but overall if you keep up with the workload you should be fine. And even if you struggle there are many resources on campus to help you for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely tour the campus and get a feel for everything. Missouri State can be a large campus but everything is pretty close to each other so walking is not as much as a chore. See how MSU stacks up financially to other schools because if you are paying $20,000 a year to come here, it's not worth it.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a great and helpful campus overall. There are usually always parties going on, the hard part is finding their location because most are off campus. There is quite some diversity but there are close-minded people on campus so beware!

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS to do and get involved with!

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, sociable, but people who still want a good education.

    What to do for fun

    Coming from a small town girl, there is lots to do in Springfield! From downtown to parks to Branson to shopping, I am never bored!

    Food and Dining

    I usually eat off campus...

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Not exceedingly hard, but good quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships early! Visit campus and learn your way around a bit. Always e-mail or talk to your teachers, they want to hear from you!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is friendly, affordable, quality education. The professors are caring, intelligent, kind, and generally fun. The student life is thriving, the campus beautiful and the cost affordable!

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They always keep the students updated on what is going on around campus. They have poles that link you to help if you feel in danger. Finally, its perfectly acceptable to ask for an escort if you are traveling at night and you don't feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri state is pretty reasonable priced. Plus they offer multiple scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do. You can hang out in the dorms, at the rec center, on many of the sports fields, or off campus. The town is pretty big, with a good mall, so there is lots to do around town. Also, there are plenty of activities that you can join. The website they use makes it pretty simple to find a club that interests you.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple dining halls with lots of food options. One stays open late for those who miss the regular dining hours. However, their food is defiantly cafeteria food. Other than the dining hall, there is a couple food-court style restaurants on campus. Or, you can always go off campus to get something to eat. There are plenty of places within walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    (this is coming from an honors student)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades by going to class and putting in a little time for studying. other than that, hang out with friends and have fun! Its college for goodness sakes. Its a time to learn and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is an ok place. The classes are not too hard; in fact, the honors classes are even fun to go to. Also, there is a lot to do, from hanging at the rec center, to just hanging out with friends.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I don't even know where to start, there's simply too much to do. Aside from all the free sporting events to support your school, there is a host of weekly activities to be attended to help relieve some stress. From movies and bowling to plays and the occasional concert.

    Food and Dining

    I'll be honest, its cafeteria food. But I've definitely had much worse than what I eat on a regular basis at MSU. There is a decent amount of variety and its not impossible to keep a healthy diet if your willing to work at it a little bit.

    Dorm Life

    Like anything in life, it has its ups and downs. People are people, sometimes we get on each others nerves. But overall, I've had a very satisfactory dorm experience and have met many of my new friends through it.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes your taking, as an upperclassmen, some of my classes are pretty tough. But as long as any student is willing to apply themselves, they will enjoy the fruits of their labor.

    Tips for prospective students

    A large campus can be intimidating, look for some student groups to get involved with on MSU's website before your first semester, it'll make a world of a difference!

    In three sentences

    I love this campus so much! There is plenty of different things for students to get involved with and meet lots of great new people! I attended community college before transferring to Missouri State, and let me tell you, the faculty here are superb!

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    All kinds of activities for anyone interested in anything.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options, great choices

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Its difficult, but fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions if you have them.

    In three sentences

    It is a big campus. Lots of options on eating. Lots of activities to be involved in.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would always say that there is really no safe place in this world. Therefore, always be alert.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in one, but they are undercover or something because I never really see anyone represent their sorority or frat so much.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are just an endless list. There is even a horse back riding class! Check it out!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students, it's very multicultural. There is always something for everyone. You just have to look.

    What to do for fun

    There are always so many different events planned throughout the week. The events range from multicultural fiestas to zombie vs human! All you have to do is check your email.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great in the dining halls. We have Panda Express ! Subway, papa johns, Starbucks, and chick-fila !

    Dorm Life

    Well, the cheaper dorms are not so nice, but all that will not matter because your roommate will become your bestfriend. The dorm lead is always willing to listen.

    Academic Rigor

    Missouri State has great ratings in all their academic departments, so no matter which field you decide to go to you will find great and passionate people and staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say, be prepared to have the most amazing college experience ever. Also, don't wait last minute for anything especially to registrar for classes! Come to college with the goal to never give up even when times get hard.

    In three sentences

    This college provides students with a unique college experience. There are so many passionate teachers who are willing to give you guidance. You can never be bored, there is always an event you could go to.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not in a sorority, but they are all very inviting and are good at involving others.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club or organization for almost any academic area or interest!

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri State is such a great deal to begin with, then many students are able to get scholarships. Everything is very reasonable and not overdone.

    What to do for fun

    The mall and shopping center, going out to eat, going downtown, going to basketball/volleyball/hockey games, fraternities

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are average and the PSU has Starbucks, Subway, Grill Nation and more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all pretty nice and reasonably priced. I can't wait to move off campus next fall but I will miss the convenience.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm still doing Gen Ed courses but they've all been very manageable!

    Tips for prospective students

    It sounds cliché, but get involved early, even if that just means hanging out with your floor or joining a club. The longer you wait the harder it gets!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is the perfect size; the campus and town are both big enough, but not so big that you get lost in it all. It's super easy to walk to and from classes and the people are all super friendly. Springfield is great!

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can get hit by cars while crossing the street and nobody stops. No cameras in parking lots either.

    Clubs and Activities

    Its all up to you

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable and fun + accredited college

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports and nightlife

    Food and Dining

    Breakfast is great. The rest gets repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    So So... you get what you pay for.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are willing to work it pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in extracurricular activities

    In three sentences

    Greatest Value for the price if your major is offered. Easy City to make ends meet. Very Accredited

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to play video games with my friends. That is actually how i met some of my friends is by playing video games and having video game parties, but i also like to go swimming or go on walks, or go to some of the free events that go on during the day or night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, it can be good and it can be bad. But i suggest try the Plaster Student union for variety, but you can go to the off campus locations that are near the school to get something different.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life, always fun and not always quiet. But it's worth living on campus, it's convenient and you make a bunch of friends, well if you are social.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty interesting. The general education classes are not bad actually, but once you pick your major it gets harder as the years go. It is worth it though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips are to study, study but take breaks. Enjoy college life and don't be stressed about coming into Missouri State University. All the students are there to learn and so are you.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a very clean and open campus. It is quite lively, and people are friendly. The staff of most programs are extremely nice and it's easy to make friends here.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police and security phones along many walkways. As long as you're smart, you shouldn't have many issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs to join on campus. As a participant in Spectrum (Missouri States LGBTQIA association), Spanish club, and Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society), I can honestly say that joining a club is a very good idea!

    Bang for the buck

    As a state school, the price is relatively low. I think that the education that I am receiving is good for the amount that it costs.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Springfield is very close. There is always something to do! Also, the Student Activities Council shows relatively new movies every Wednesday and Sunday, and has fun events on Thursday nights.

    Food and Dining

    Kentwood is nice, but far away. Garst is probably the best, but Blair-Shannon isn't that bad. Plaster Student Union has many great options as well if you're sick of dining center food!

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is extremely convenient. Hutchens and Hammons are, in my opinion, the best residence halls, but not necessarily worth the price. Wells is super close to classes and community bathrooms are really not that bad!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult, and some professors are ridiculous. However, if you study, you should be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and financial aid. The General and Departmental Scholarship application has hundreds of potential scholarship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University has a thriving campus with exciting downtown life. The residence halls are great, and the food isn't even that bad. Classes at Missouri State have been great!

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to events! Whether its a play, band, or sporting event it will be lots of fun!

    Food and Dining

    I only eat at the PSU so I don't know what dining halls are like but I'm sure they're great!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I've heard good and bad things.

    Academic Rigor

    I find my classes challenging but not overwhelming or unmanageable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should live on campus their first year. It just makes you feel more apart of what is going on at your school. Go to any events you can, they're a great time, and you'll meet some great people!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a beautiful campus with many opportunities to be apart of campus life. Even living off campus I feel very welcomed to stick around for campus fun. Every professor I have had so far has been very intelligent and willing to assist their students.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is ridiculously safe. If something should happen, alerts will be sent out to notify you of the safety hazard. As your walking around campus at night, there's multiple emergency stations that allow you to push a button and alert the authorities in case you or someone else needs help. There are also night bike officers that ride around campus.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I mostly only enjoy Phi Sigma Pi because it's not like your normal frat. It's co-ed and you don't have to live in a house. However, the rest of the greek life is good. I hear a lot of good things form the men and women in the sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    TOO MANY TO COUNT!! But they are all fun. I highly recommend Phi Sigma Pi, the honors co-ed fraternity. It's a great fit for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Really any kind of student. Missouri State is extremely diverse, ranging from born and raised Springfield kids to kids from Germany, England, Mexico and more!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you see random notes on the ground with chalk, that's normal. It's how organizations get information out, because lets be honest, the majority of us walk with our heads down. Also, when new coming freshman are welcomed the first week, they get to walk in through campus and be invited in by everyone. Literally everyone! They get to go around the PSU and learn about different organizations and get A LOT of free stuff, it's actually a lot of fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I love MO State. For me, I'm not exactly well off so paying for college is definite struggle all the time but it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's a few parks not too far away from campus, it's fun to run over and run around or play some games with friends. Also invite people over for a movie or game night. I also enjoy attending the movies they put on in the PSU theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty great! Obviously they don't always have what you want or a pop machine might be broke down, but for the most part it's kept well and it's a good place to eat. If you get sick of the dining hall, you can always use your Boomer Bucks to buy some food in the PSU like Papa John's, Chic-Fil-A, Panda Express and others.

    Dorm Life

    There's thefts, sometimes more in one season than another. The food is pretty great in the dining halls and the staff in the dorms are always there to chat and help you with whatever you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy but all in all, it's very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors while you're in their class, this will help for recommendation letters for grad. school. Also, if you struggle with payments for the school, make sure to fill out every scholarship possible because MO State is a little costly.

    In three sentences

    Missouri State is a diverse and public affair oriented campus. It's gorgeous and has a lot of opportunities. There's also many good professors who are willing to help students one-on-one even on their own time.

  • 04/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a very large concern for people of any university or college. At Missouri State University, you don't have any reason to worry. Security staff can always be seen at every part of the campus and they are always available to help in any way they can. They take their job of protecting the students very seriously. Security updates and alerts are posted on the school's website immediately and emails are sent out to students as soon as anything at all comes up. I don't know of any major security issue at Missouri State while I've been there. No matter what time of the day, I always feel confident and safe walking around campus knowing that our security team is always on guard.

    Bang for the buck

    Missouri State University is very much worth the price you pay. For the low expense, you get a tremendous experience and education. You can create lifelong friendships and engage in intellectually stimulating scholarly research during your time at MSU. The campus is beautiful and everyone is very friendly and helpful. Very much worth it.

    What to do for fun

    At Missouri State, it's nearly impossible to have a boring day. There are so many different organizations or events going on to be involved in. I often attend a campus ministry during the week, and this provides a great way to interact and get to know other students. Many are involved in greek life, and fraternities and sororities often host parties and events. There's usually a campus wide game of human vs. zombies going on, but for the less extreme, there's tons of green-space to have a picnic or toss a frisbee with a friend. Other students spend much of their time working out at the awesome fitness facilities on campus. You can even watch a movie or go bowling at the PSU! There's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    At Missouri State University, there are many food and dining options on campus. The dining hall is very inexpensive (even if you don't have a meal plan) and always features a wide variety of meals. The food is always fresh and they're sure to keep you full. If you want something else, perhaps from one of your favorite chain restaurants, an entire food court is located in the Plaster Student Union. Here you can find about anything you could want from very popular chains such as Subway and Chick-fil-A. Around campus there are also little shops called Bear Necessities that are great for grabbing a snack or a drink on your way in or out of school and are always in convenient locations. I really appreciate these as a commuter student.

    Dorm Life

    As I am a commuter, I am not very seriously engaged in dorm life. However, a good number of my friends from school do live on campus. The dorms seem to be very nice and most of my friends have had a pleasant experience so far. They're all very content. Missouri State also prohibits use of alcohol on campus, making the dorms safer.

    Academic Rigor

    In my experience, I have found Missouri State University's programs to be very enlightening and educational. All of my professors are experts in their field of study, and they are passionate about conveying the importance of their academic research to younger students who might be interested. The courses are very deep and engaging, yet not so stressful as to be unenjoyable. Much is to be learned from each and every class, and I have not regretted any of the courses I have taken.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering Missouri State University, I would recommend taking a deeper look into it and definitely try to visit the campus at least once if you can. You'll love it! It's not a very expensive school, so look up some scholarship opportunities and you will likely be able to off-set the cost of your education tremendously, making it even more enjoyable. Once you're here, you'll find friends and fit in very quickly. Although it is a very fun place with plenty of things to do, be sure to not lose sight of your goals while you're there! Your education should be your priority, and hard work pays off. The faculty is very helpful to students and appreciate those who work hard and diligently study. You will be rewarded for it!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State University is a great place for anyone considering college education. The staff are well-educated and helpful, always making themselves available to the students. The campus is very nice and it is easy to make many new, wonderful friends while you're there.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are these alert poles around campus that have a button you can press if you are in or feel like you may be headed toward a scary situation which will alert MSU Public Safety. I have never really felt at risk on campus.

    Greek Life

    If you want to be in a fraternity or sorority, good news! Missouri State's student population is 50% Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join and activities to participate in! Join something! Do something! Get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell tower look-out in the Meyer Library. Go to the third floor, turn left, walk all the way to the end of the hall, turn left again, walk straight until you get there. It's awesome. Also, we do a thing here called humans vs. zombies. It's basically a campus wide game of tag. I've never participated, but it looks pretty fun.

    Bang for the buck

    You're going to have a hard time finding a better quality college for your money than Missouri State University. Go Bears!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of concerts at John Q. Hammons Arena. There are movie nights held at the Plaster Student Union. There's a game center which includes a bowling alley in Plaster Student Union level 1. If you have a car, go to Andy's with some friends. Pineapple Whip is another delicious dessert spot. Go to the Taco Bell Fields and play some soccer, football, or volleyball, or just watch other people play. Go for a swim at the Foster Rec Center. There are too many fun things to do in Springfield to name them all!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is usually pretty good. There's a wide selection to choose from. There are also two dining halls. If nothing looks good to you, cereal is always a safe bet!

    Dorm Life

    You get out of the dorm experience what you put into it. If you make an effort to make friends with the people on your floor, you'll have a blast!

    Academic Rigor

    Missouri State does a good job of assimilating freshmen into the college atmosphere. The lower-level classes help get you prepared for the more difficult, upper-level classes. College is nothing like high school though; be prepared to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or two. Talk to people. Step outside of your comfort zone. You'll meet some of the best people in the world here if you let yourself!

    In three sentences

    Missouri State feels like home. I never imagined I'd be so comfortable living in a city far from where I grew up. I couldn't have made a better choice by coming here for college!

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Springfield is a much larger city than most people think and there is always something to do. Downtown is great and you'll always see the college crowd there. There's tons of amazing restaurants all over the city, there's tons of nature, and there's also a minor league team (Springfield Cardinals) that plays right by campus!

    Food and Dining

    Chartwells=SHARTwells.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are single-gender floors and still have an outdated visitation policy: the opposite gender must be off the floor by midnight during the week. Of course, there's no alcohol allowed in the dorms either, but a lot of the strictness depends on your RAs and what building you're in.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially as a freshamn, the gen ed classes I took seemed just like high school. So much of how difficult a class is depends on the professor, so do your research!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus in person to really get a feel for our community. Also, look at the dorms in person because the pictures online can be misleading. Campus is somehow always windy, and you're going to need a good pair of rainboots and a sturdy umbrella that won't get turned inside out by the wind.

    In three sentences

    A larger campus with a close-knit, community feel. Less intimidating and a great value compared to other, larger state schools. There's a place for everyone and the university's slogan is true--follow your passion and find your place at MSU.