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Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

Regional Colleges Midwest

Founded in 1937, Missouri Southern State is a public university on 373 acres in Joplin, Missouri. MSSU offers undergraduate and graduate students nearly 200 degree options. It strives to prepare students to understand world affairs, international issues and other cultures through their history, geography, language, literature, philosophy, economics and politics.

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Quick Facts

3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595

2013-2014 Tuition

$10,225 Tuition and Fees


5351 undergraduate students
42% male / 58% female


rolling application deadline
96.2% accepted

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School Details

Institutional Control: public
Year Founded: 1937

Programs Offered

associate degree, bachelor's degree, certificate, master's degree

Majors Offered

Computer and Information Sciences, General, Computer Programming/Programmer, General, Network and System Administration/Administrator, Elementary Education and Teaching, Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching, Secondary Education and Teaching, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Biochemistry, Genetics, General, Biotechnology, Ecology, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Conservation Biology, Mathematics, General, Applied Mathematics, General, Computational Mathematics, Sport and Fitness Administration/Management, Chemistry, General, Physics, General, Psychology, General, International Relations and Affairs, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other, Music Performance, General, Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician, Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other, Pre-Dentistry Studies, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies, Pre-Pharmacy Studies, Environmental Health, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Business/Managerial Economics, Finance, General, International Business, Management Information Systems and Services, Other, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, History, General, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Mass Communication/Media Studies

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 5,351
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 3,968
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 1,008
Percent of male undergraduates: 42%
Percent of female undergraduates: 58%
Percent of international undergraduates: 2%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial learning services offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling services offered: academic, career, personal, veteran student
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)


Student activities offered: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station


Intercollegiate non-scholarship sports offered for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor)
Intercollegiate non-scholarship sports offered for women: basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor), volleyball

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