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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?

1,380 Undergraduate Awards
$20,125 Avg Cost After Aid
95% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Missouri Southern is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 91% of the faculty were full-time.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Best Value Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Missouri Southern State University?

Location of Missouri Southern State University

Contact details for Missouri Southern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417-625-9300
Website: www.mssu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mssulions?ref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosolions

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

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Missouri Southern?

95% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Missouri Southern has the high acceptance rate of 95%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

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.

ACT English Scores for Missouri Southern State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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ACT Math Scores for Missouri Southern State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Missouri Southern State University  ( 19 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Missouri Southern State University?

$20,125 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
11.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Missouri Southern is $20,125. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

3,844 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,475 undergraduate students at Missouri Southern, with 3,844 being full-time and 1,631 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Missouri Southern

There are also 129 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,844 full-time undergraduates at Missouri Southern, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Missouri Southern

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Missouri Southern State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Missouri Southern Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 125
Black or African American 270
Hispanic or Latino 285
White 2,762
International Students 104
Other Races/Ethnicities 298

Geographic Diversity

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

1,073 Took All Classes Online
2,813 Took At Least One Class Online
7.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Missouri Southern. In 2017-2018, 2,813 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Missouri Southern has changed over the last few years.

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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%
Education 31%
Educational Administration 43%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 34%
Public Health 15%

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
Public Health #61
General Business/Commerce #107
Criminal Justice & Corrections #243
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #276
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #292
Liberal Arts General Studies #292
Nursing #326

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.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 57 104 67 94 5 327
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 243 0 243
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 92 0 92
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 86 0 86
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 83 0 83
General Biology 0 0 0 59 0 59
Allied Health Professions 25 24 6 0 0 55
Business Administration & Management 3 0 0 5 27 35
Nursing 0 0 0 35 0 35
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 32 0 32
Computer Programming 0 30 0 0 0 30
General Psychology 0 0 0 30 0 30
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 28 0 28
Industrial Production Technology 1 13 3 10 0 27
Social Work 0 0 0 27 0 27
Dental Support Services 0 25 0 0 0 25
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 24 0 24
Public Health 5 0 0 15 0 20
Sociology 0 0 0 20 0 20
General Education 0 0 0 14 0 14
Romance Languages 0 0 3 11 0 14
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 12 0 12
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 11 11
Mathematics 0 0 0 11 0 11
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 10 0 10
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 9 0 0 0 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 9 0 0 0 0 9
Music 0 0 0 9 0 9
Accounting 0 0 0 0 8 8
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 7 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 4 0 3 7
Quality Control Technology 7 0 0 0 0 7
International Relations & National Security 0 0 1 6 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 5 0 5
General English Literature 0 0 0 4 0 4
History 0 0 0 4 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 2 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 2 0 0 2
Legal Support Services 0 0 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 0 0 0 2 0 2
Physics 0 0 0 2 0 2
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 2 0 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 1 0 1
Homeland Security 0 0 1 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 1 0 1
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 116 196 89 979 61 1,441

References

*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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