Schools & Universities

Springfield is a top center for higher education in Missouri, offering a wealth of liberal arts, business, technical and medical programming. Curriculum in pre-engineering, pre-medical, pre-law, architecture and religion are also offered. Noncredit, continuing education courses are also available, as well as customized training programs.

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Springfield Metro Schools & Universities

Springfield Metro Area Total 46,911
Missouri State University 24,350
Ozarks Technical Community College 11,504
Drury University 3,359
Southwest Baptist University – SBU 2,676
Evangel University 2,112
Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences 903
SBU – Springfield Campus (includes Mercy College of Nursing) 647
Columbia College 347
Baptist Bible College 299
Bryan University 282*
Midwest Technical Institute 282*
Vatterott College 150

Source: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2017
*National Center for Education Statistics, fall 2016 enrollment

Additional Colleges in the 10-County Region

Crowder College-Neosho
Serves Barry, Dade, Lawrence counties
College of the Ozarks-Branson/Hollister 1,508

Educational Attainment

Percentage of the population 25 years and older

Springfield Metro Missouri USA
High School Diploma 90.2% 90.7% 89.6% 87.5%
4-year College Degree 25.7% 26.5% 28.5% 31.3%

Source: USDC, Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2016

Private Education

Nearly 25,000 students attend classes in the Springfield R-XII School District. The district is accredited under the Missouri School Improvement Program by action of the State Board of Education. The past several years Expansion Management Magazine has rated Springfield at a “Blue Ribbon Educational System” in its Education Quotient study.

Springfield Public Schools Population

Schools Enrollment Student / Classroom Teacher Ratio
Public Elementary 36 12,217 18.2:1
Public Middle 10 5,542 18.2:1
Public High 5 7,125 22.6:1
Private Elementary/Middle*
Private High*

Source: Springfield R-12 School District, Annual Report 2015-2016
*PSS Private School Universe Survey, 2013-2014

Springfield Public Schools Data

Faculty with Masters Degree or Higher 58.5%
Average Teacher Salary $47,955
Average Teacher Experience 12.3 years
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 17:1
Average ACT Composite Score 20.8

Source: Springfield R-12 School District, Annual Report 2015-2016

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