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 45,497
Missouri State University 24,126
Ozarks Technical Community College 10,744
Drury University 3,210
Southwest Baptist University – SBU 2,537
Evangel University 2,300
Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences 956
SBU – Springfield Campus (includes Mercy College of Nursing) 543
Midwest Technical Institute 405*
Columbia College 325
Bryan University 296*
Baptist Bible College 227

Source: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2019
*National Center for Education Statistics, fall 2018 enrollment

Additional Colleges in the 10-County Region

Crowder College-Neosho
Serves Barry, Dade, Lawrence counties
College of the Ozarks-Branson/Hollister 1,546

Educational Attainment

Percentage of the population 25 years and older

Springfield Metro Missouri USA
High School Diploma 90.0% 90.6% 90.5% 88.3%
4-year College Degree 25.0% 26.7% 29.5% 32.6%

Source: USDC, Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2018

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 K-12 School Population

Schools Enrollment Student / Classroom Teacher Ratio
Public Elementary 36 11,727 17.2:1
Public Middle 10 5,836 18.8:1
Public High 5 7,357 23.0:1
Private Schools* 16 1,804 10.3:1

Source: Missouri Department of Education, 2018-2019
*PSS Private School Universe Survey, 2017-2018

Springfield Public Schools Data

Faculty with Masters Degree or Higher 63.1%
Average Teacher Salary $52,175
Average Teacher Experience 11.8 years
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 19:1
Average ACT Composite Score 20.0

Source: Missouri Department of Education, 2018-2019

View the Springfield Public Schools website for more information.

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View the Springfield Public Schools Annual Report.
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