How to Get Started

Night view of the fountain outside Meyer Library

checkbox Apply & pay fee

checkbox Submit transcripts

  • Degree-seeking

Request transcripts from each institution where you have earned college credit. If you have less than 24 college credit hours to transfer, request a copy of your high school transcript. All transcripts are to be sent to the Office of Admissions at:

Office of Admissions
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897

(ACT or SAT test scores are not required for admission for students who are age 22 or older.

  • Nondegree-seeking

Nondegree-seeking students do not need to submit transcripts to be admitted.

checkbox Complete placement testing

  • Students without prior college credit in English composition or mathematics may be automatically placed into beginning levels of those subjects (MTH 101or ENG 100) without being required to take placement tests. However, if a student believes he/she is capable of doing more advanced work, a placement test must be administered to determine the starting level in each subject. Take your placement test at your convenience! Call 417-836-6929 or toll-free: (800) 492-7900.

checkbox Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • Create a FSA ID.
  • Complete the FAFSA online.
  • Missouri State federal school code is 002503

checkbox Apply for scholarships

checkbox Set up your BearPass ID

checkbox Complete transfer orientation

  • Complete your transfer orientation online.

checkbox Meet with your advisor

checkbox Register for Classes

checkbox Schedule Orientation

checkbox Reserve your books

checkbox Get your BearPass Card

checkbox Get your parking permit