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Missouri State University

Missouri State University (MSU) is a four-year, public-supported institution of higher education in Missouri. Operating under a single Board of Governors, this multipurpose institute is the state’s second largest university and provides diverse instructional, research, and service programs. MSU’s main campus is based in Springfield, Missouri. It is second only to the University of Missouri - Columbia campus in student enrollment. The University also has a two-year branch campus in West Plains and a research campus in Mountain Grove. The Springfield campus is a selective admissions, graduate-level teaching and research institution, while the Mountain Grove serves the state’s fruit industry through operation of the State Fruit Experiment Station (established by a legislative act in 1899) and the Mid-America Viticulture and Enology Center. The West Plains campus focuses on a two-year general education program, which is fully integrated with programs on the main campus, as well as other specialty and skills courses. The University’s Springfield campus was founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School. It was established to prepare teachers for the public school systems in the southwest region of Missouri. In 1919, the institution changed its name to Southwest Missouri State Teachers College, reflecting its regional mission. By the mid-1940s, the college included the liberal arts and sciences in curriculum. The name was again changed to Southwest Missouri State College in 1945. By 1972, many programs were implemented at the undergraduate level. Over the years, the college became an educationally diverse institution with the development of graduate education. The developments resulted in an official name change in 1972, to Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU). The present name Missouri State University (MSU) came in August 2005. Missouri State University is accredited by a number of higher learning organizations, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. MSU actively facilitates learning through the preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge. It offers 43 graduate programs and more than 150 undergraduate majors. The current enrollment is approximately 19,000. The university's athletic teams participate in Division I of the NCAA.