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Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%
Acceptance Rate97%

About Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University Overview

Missouri Southern State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Joplin, Missouri. Missouri Southern State University was founded in 1937 and the school now enrolls around 4,369 students a year, which includes 4,251 undergrad students. Missouri Southern State University ensures on-campus housing for up to 735 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 40% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Missouri Southern State University!

Are you interested in music or performing? At Missouri Southern State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Missouri Southern State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Missouri Southern State University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Missouri Southern State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Missouri Southern State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Missouri Southern State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 6%
In-State Tuition $8,026
Out-of-State $16,052
Percent of Need Met 41.7%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,607

Is Missouri Southern State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what Missouri Southern State University offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Missouri Southern State University

Around 97% of applicants get into Missouri Southern State University each year. Out of 1,695 applications received in 2022, 1,642 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Missouri Southern State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 59% of students who start at Missouri Southern State University come back the next year. Around 36% of students who started at Missouri Southern State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Missouri Southern State University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 68% of graduates from Missouri Southern State University recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent Missouri Southern State University grads have an average starting salary of $37,570 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Missouri Southern State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Missouri Southern State University's endowment was $48.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Missouri Southern State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Missouri Southern State University meets 41.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Missouri Southern State University full-time are awarded $9,607 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $21,864 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Missouri Southern State University.

Based on this information, how does Missouri Southern State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Missouri Southern State University a good school for you?

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Where is Missouri Southern State University?

Missouri Southern State University is located in the small town setting of Joplin, Missouri.

If you are interested in seeing Missouri Southern State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 44 to Joplin, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Joplin Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Missouri Southern State University and Joplin are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3950 East Newman Road Joplin, MO 64801-1595

Campus Setting: Small Town

Missouri Southern State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Missouri Southern State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Missouri Southern State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Missouri Southern State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Missouri Southern State University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Missouri Southern State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Missouri Southern State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1140


Math SAT Range

480 - 610


Reading SAT Range

470 - 560

Missouri Southern State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Missouri Southern State University is like? There are approximately 4,358 students enrolled at Missouri Southern State University, including 4,251 undergraduate students and 107 graduate students. 65% percent of students attend school full-time, 75% percent are from MO and 25% percent of students are from other states.


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