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 49,657
Missouri State University 24,116
Ozarks Technical Community College 13,260
Drury University 3,569
Southwest Baptist University – SBU 2,692
Evangel University 2,120
Columbia College 1,200
Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences 855
SBU – Springfield Campus (includes Mercy College of Nursing) 732
Baptist Bible College 351
Bryan University 289*
Midwest Technical Institute 252*
Vatterott College 221

Source: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2016
*2014-2015 enrollment numbers

Additional Colleges in the 10-County Region

Crowder College-Neosho
Serves Barry, Dade, Lawrence counties
College of the Ozarks-Branson/Hollister 1,522

Educational Attainment

Percentage of the population 25 years and older

Springfield Metro Missouri USA
High School Diploma 90.1% 89.5% 88.9% 86.9%
4-year College Degree 26.4% 28.8% 27.5% 30.1%

Source: USDC, Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2014

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 12,025 19.6:1
Public Middle 10 5,644 19.0:1
Public High 5 7,236 23.0:1

Source: Springfield R-12 School District, Annual Report 2013-2014
*PSS Private School Universe Survey, 2011-2012

Springfield Public Schools Data

Faculty with Masters Degree or Higher 65.0%
Average Teacher Salary $48,215
Average Teacher Experience 12.5 years
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 20:1
Average ACT Composite Score 22.4

Source: Springfield R-12 School District, Annual Report 2013-2014

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