#9 Best Public Universities in Missouri

Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, Missouri

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Missouri Southern State University overview
Location Joplin, Missouri
Online mssu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Missouri Southern State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Missouri Southern State University, located in Joplin, offers a primarily suburban setting in the southwestern region of Missouri, not far from the borders with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College, the institution has evolved to provide a selection of undergraduate degrees across liberal arts, business, education, and health sciences, showing a particular emphasis on its internationally-themed semesters and its health programs. The campus is characterized by contemporary architecture and offers on-campus housing options for students. With an admissions process that can be classified as moderately selective, Missouri Southern State University serves a diverse body of students and maintains a student-faculty ratio that fosters personal attention. While the university may not have wide renown for athletics, it supports a variety of sports programs competing as the Lions within the NCAA Division II.

In the most recent statistical year 1,695 prospective students applied, and 1,642 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 578 enrolled in the school.  2,783 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,569 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $7,244 plus fees of $0. Missouri Southern is ranked 884 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Missouri Southern is rated within the lower 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Missouri Southern State University overview
SAT 950/1170
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

Missouri Southern State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Missouri Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Missouri Southern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$902
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $7,678
Budget for Other Expenses$3,459
Total One Year Cost$19,283

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Missouri Southern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$902
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $7,678
Budget for Other Expenses$3,459
Total One Year Cost$26,875

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$36,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

33% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Missouri Southern State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 16%
Health Professions 15%
Education 13%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 8%

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