Reasons Students Seek Services

  • Academic difficulties/poor grades/probation
  • Lack of motivation/difficulty concentrating
  • Procrastination
  • Feeling anxious or stressed
  • Depression/thoughts of suicide
  • Sexual assault
  • Dating/domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Past abuse or trauma
  • Relationship problems/break-ups
  • Questions about sexuality
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Eating, weight/body image concerns
  • Coping with grief/loss
  • Managing anger
  • Lack of confidence/low self-esteem
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feeling lonely/isolated
  • Perfectionism
  • Family problems
  • Adjusting to life in the U.S.
  • Career/life choices

The Counseling Center (CC) has a good reputation on campus! On average, each student who comes to the CC attends approximately four counseling sessions.

At completion of counseling, students are asked to complete an anonymous satisfaction survey. In total, 229 students chose to complete the survey in the 2022-23 academic year.

Detailed results of the student ratings on the survey appear in the table below.


Strongly Agree

or Agree

Neither Agree

or Disagree



My counselor was genuinely interested in helping me. 99.5% -- --
I could trust my counselor with my concerns or problems. 98.5% .5% --
Counseling helped me develop skills needed to cope with my concerns or problems. 94.5% 4.5% --
Counseling helped me feel better and/or find solutions to my problem. 96.6% 3% --
Overall, I am satisfied with my experience at the Counseling Center. 97% 2% .5%
I would recommend counseling services to a friend. 96.6% 2.5% .5%

Influence of personal problems on academic work

Personal problems can impact academic work and ability to stay at Missouri State University.

Many students find the personal concerns they are dealing with have a negative impact on their performance in the classroom and on their ability to remain enrolled at Missouri State University. However, students who report seeking assistance with these concerns at the Center had a positive impact on these same areas.

60.6% of students stated their problems interfered with the ability to conduct their academic work, and 19.4% considered leaving Missouri State University due to their concerns. 49% stated that CC services assisted them in remaining in school, while 73.8% stated that CC services helped them improve their academic work.