Missouri Southern State University Overview
Missouri Southern State University is a public institution located in Joplin, Missouri. The location of Missouri Southern is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.
What Is Missouri Southern State University Known For?
- The highest award offered at Missouri Southern is the master's degree.
- In 2017-2018, 91% of the faculty were full-time.
Missouri Southern State University Rankings
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Missouri Southern.
Where Is Missouri Southern State University?
Contact details for Missouri Southern are given below.
|Address:||3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801-1595|
How Do I Get Into Missouri Southern?
You can apply to Missouri Southern online at: https://mssu.force.com/onlineapplication/TX_SiteLogin?startURL=%2Fonlineapplication%2FTargetX_Portal__PB
Admission Requirements for Missouri Southern
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Missouri Southern?
Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 93%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.
Average Test Scores
About 0% of students accepted to Missouri Southern submitted their SAT scores.Missouri Southern received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.
Can I Afford Missouri Southern State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Missouri Southern, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $4,872 a year. That adds up to $19,488 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Missouri Southern is 11.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.
Missouri Southern State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 129 graduate students at the school.
Of the 3,844 full-time undergraduates at Missouri Southern, 39% are male and 61% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Missouri Southern State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||270|
|Hispanic or Latino||285|
Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Missouri Southern State University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 46 countries are represented at Missouri Southern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Japan.
Online Learning at Missouri Southern State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Missouri Southern has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 22nd most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Missouri Southern
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Missouri Southern State University was 7.8%. This is the #1,470 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Missouri Southern regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Missouri Southern majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||34%|
|Curriculum & Instruction||36%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||34%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Missouri Southern ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Missouri Southern.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#243|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#276|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||#292|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||#292|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Missouri Southern State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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