Schools & Universities

Springfield is a top center for higher education in Missouri, offering a wealth of science, business, technical and medical programming. Curriculum in engineering, pre-medical, pre-law, and architecture 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 42,416
Missouri State University 23,618
Ozarks Technical Community College 9,926
Drury University 2,462
Evangel University 2,129
Southwest Baptist University – SBU 1,713
Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences 956
Midwest Technical Institute 466*
SBU – Springfield Campus (includes Mercy College of Nursing) 442
Baptist Bible College 279
Bryan University 275*
Columbia College 150

Source: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2021
*National Center for Education Statistics, fall 2020 enrollment

More data and stats for Missouri State University can be found here.

Additional Colleges in the 10-County Region

Crowder College-Neosho
Serves Barry, Dade, Lawrence counties
College of the Ozarks-Branson/Hollister 1,479

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 11,261 16.5:1
Public Middle 10 5,915 19.1:1
Public High 5 7,505 23.6:1
Private Schools* 16 1,804 10.3:1

Source: Missouri Department of Education, 2019-2020
*PSS Private School Universe Survey, 2017-2018

Springfield Public Schools Data

Faculty with Masters Degree or Higher 62.9%
Average Teacher Salary $53,982
Average Teacher Experience 12.1 years
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 18:1
Average ACT Composite Score 19.5

Source: Missouri Department of Education, 2019-2020

View the Springfield Public Schools website for more information.

View extensive statistics on the Springfield Public Schools.
View the Springfield Public Schools Annual Report.
View the State of Missouri report on the Springfield Public Schools.