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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
About Missouri Southern State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
From Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University produces graduates ready to play active roles in the global world. Located in Joplin, Mo., in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the University is within minutes from some of the greatest scenery and waterways in the nation.

Historic Route 66 runs through the city. Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, Tulsa and Fayetteville, Ark. are within one or two hours of campus, making Joplin a hub for educational, cultural, entertainment and recreational activities.

Missouri Southern serves nearly 6,000 students in more than 140 academic programs. MSSU's outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs, award-winning Themed Semesters, fun student activities and enriching cultural events in theatre, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for our students and citizens of the region. Our graduates work in their communities every day as leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers and innovators.

Missouri Southern State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
96%
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$9,446/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,790/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    52%
  • Online
    18%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,172Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,679
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Average
    50%
  • Leader
    33%
  • Hard Worker
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.45 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • LIONS
    58%
  • Pride
    23%
  • Persevering
    8%
  • Underrated
    8%
  • Home away from home
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $33,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    33%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    96%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses

    Missouri Southern State University Reviews

    610 reviews
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    The department and area I am interning in is a very good department. Graduates from this department are daughters after all around the country. The teachers are very thorough in their teaching. If anyone has questions they answer it to the best of their ability, and if they don’t know, they find it or ask the student to look it up. They teach with as much hands on as they can, and show visual images for those things that cannot be hands on. I would recommend the Respiratory Therapy department and field of study to anyone out there who is considering something but not sure what they want to do yet. It is the best kept secret in the medical field. If you are looking for a school that has a lot to offer yet is in a smaller community, Missouri Southern State University is the place for you!
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    I am currently going into Missouri Southern as a freshman, but have dealt with them in the past as a dual enrollment student. I have found that when you need the help, the professors are very helpful, and my advisor is AMAZING! She is very helpful and when I have a question about my financial aid, the department is very quick at responding. The professors that I have had in the past were great, but like all colleges, you do end up with some professors that are stricter than others so just be wary.
    I love Missouri Southern! All of the professors I’ve had are always more than willing to help you, and are kind. The student body is pretty friendly as well. There are a few things that need updated and worked on, but other than that, I love this university! This is not really a party school (I’m not complaining. I’m here to learn after all!) The sports are ok. It just all depends on which one you’re talking about. The location of this school is excellent! It’s just on the outskirts, and it’s not hard to get anywhere you need. Joplin is just the right size to start out in if you’re from a smaller town like me. There are fun activities almost every week for students to participate in, and sometimes they even show movies.