Missouri Southern State University

3950 E Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801-1595

School Details

Missouri Southern State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, that is located in the city of Joplin, Missouri.

MSSU was established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College to provide educational opportunities to Southwest Missouri residents. MSSU’s campus features several buildings, including The Mayes Student Life Center, which is home to the university's cafeteria, weight room, residence computer labs, and commons area. Athletic facilities on campus include the Fred G. Hughes Football Stadium, the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center, the Joe Becker Stadium, Kungle Field, Hal Bodon field, and the Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium. Kansas City, Springfield and Tulsa are located within one or two hours of the campus. Students enjoy the close proximity to a large shopping mall, movie theater, and many restaurants and retail stores.

Demographics at Missouri Southern State University are as follows:

  • More than 5,600 students enrolled (About 5,300 undergraduates)
  • Student to faculty ratio of 18:1
  • Approximately 75 percent of undergraduate and 3 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Nearly 60 percent of students are female
  • About 80 percent of students are White
  • Approximately 35 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
  • About 85 percent of students are from Missouri

Missouri Southern State University awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in more than 200 academic programs. Schools of study include: School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration and the School of Health Sciences. Dual Enrollment programs are available for highs school juniors and seniors so that they can earn dual credit. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. About 39 percent of undergraduates and 88 percent of graduate students are enrolled in distance education. MSSU Online offers 14 degree options including degree completion degrees, 11 minors, and bachelor degrees with several emphasis areas. MSSU Online is provided through Blackboard.

Campus life at MSSU includes more than 70 student organizations, Student Senate, Greek Life, Campus Activities Board, intramural sports, and athletics. Greek Life includes three fraternities, two sororities and one co-ed fraternity. Intramurals offered to students include flag football, softball, volleyball, 5-on-5 basketball, 3-on-3 basketball, mini-golf, soccer, poker, bowling, table tennis, dodge ball and billiards. Athletic teams at Missouri Southern State University include men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. The “Lions” play in NCAA Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Student services include remedial services, academic and career counseling, employment services, placement services, and on-campus daycare.

Students who live on-campus live in two traditional dormitories, eight apartment style-housing complexes, and one suite-style dormitory. Students who live on campus pay $5,260-$7,520 per year for Room and Board depending on the type of room and meal plan they have.
Missouri Southern State University receives nearly 1,900 applications for admission each year and about 96 percent of those applicants will be accepted for admission. Students who live in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and many counties in Illinois qualify for instate tuition. New students who have graduated from an accredited high school as well as completing the 16-unit college core curriculum will be admitted for enrollment if the student is in the top 50 percent of their class, have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher, or have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher. Transfer students must pay a $25 application fee and non-US citizens must pay a $50 application fee.

About 84 percent of students at Missouri Southern State University receive some form of financial aid. The first step in applying for financial assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1 of each year. Students will need to reapply for financial aid each year. Types of aid offered at MSSU include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, Access Missouri Program, Lion Pride Scholarships, Academic Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.

Missouri Southern State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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