Students attending Springfield colleges can find a city rich with music, art, theater and nightlife, as well as community events. Outdoor recreation is readily available on a network of trails and plenty of green space. The headquarters of several major corporations are located here, like Bass Pro Shops and O'Reilly Auto Parts.
The Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies gives Springfield high school students an opportunity to learn alongside business leaders to discover their interests and learn professional skills — and earn dual credits.
There are three main trade and technical colleges in Springfield, plus two that specialize in cosmetology programs.
Cox College has been training students for nursing careers since 1907. It also offers education programs in occupational therapy, medical assisting, radiography/imaging, and medical billing.
Midwest Technical Institute's most popular certificate programs are in welding, HVAC/R-MAR, truck driving, and dental assisting.
While most students at Ozarks Technical Community College earn associate degrees in liberal arts, vocation-specific programs in dental assisting and registered nursing are also popular.
Colleges in Springfield range from large public institutions to smaller, private faith-based ones.
Missouri State University is by far the largest of the Springfield colleges. It offers students a comprehensive array of degree programs and active campus life, with 300-plus student organizations, Greek life and men and women's NCAA Division 1 teams.
Of Springfield's Christian colleges, Drury University offers campus-based and online associate programs in fields from emergency management to business administration and psychology. Evangel University has more than 70 academic programs. Their campus traditions include Harvest Fest and Spring Fling, student-produced variety shows that take place at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield.
Of the universities in Springfield, MSU offers over 100 graduate-level programs. The most popular ones are the MBA, nurse anesthetist and military strategic intelligence.
Drury University offers graduate programs in nonprofit and civic leadership, MBA, education and communication, while Evangel University and Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary have advanced degree programs in divinity and ministry, plus others.
To see what other higher education opportunities Missouri has to offer, visit our Missouri colleges page.