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3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
p. 417-625-9300
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Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University Rating: 3.1/5 (11 votes)

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Missouri Southern State University, also simply referred to as MoSo, was founded in 1937 under the name of Joplin Junior College, converting to a full four-year, state-assisted college in 1968. In 2005, the school was given its definitive, current name of Missouri Southern State University, permanently dropping “Joplin.”


MoSo has ongoing accreditation since 1949 from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The academic level of MoSo is that of a full four-year school, hence granting bachelor’s degrees in addition to a select few master’s degrees. The university is divided into four principal academic schools, which are the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education, and the School of Technology.

The school has a particularly unique focus on international studies and affairs, an aim which is backed up by its Institute of International Studies. Each Fall semester, the school designates a given country as the theme of several seminars, lectures, etc., that take place throughout the campus and are open to all students.

Generally speaking, MoSo achieves a fairly sound balance between a liberal arts approach to higher education and professional/career training. This is reflected by the relatively balanced amounts of degrees granted in the business administration, education, security and law enforcement, and liberal arts fields, which collectively represent the most popular umbrella degree programs.

Among the schools master’s degree programs, students can pursue a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, in Nursing, or in Dental Hygiene; a Master of Arts in Teaching or in History; or a Master of Business Administration (available online).

Finally, MoSo has implemented different distance learning modules (via the internet as well as through television) to help students pursue their academic goals with an absolute minimum of campus visits necessary.

Most Popular Fields of Study


MoSo is a selective admissions school, though only barely; on average more than 95% of applicants are accepted to the school, most as incoming freshmen. The steps that incoming freshmen need to take care of to be fully considered for admissions include paying the $15 application fee, filling out the application form, submitting ACT scores along with an official high school transcript (including class rank and GPA), and taking the math and English placement exams. Special consideration is given to those applicants that, in addition to meeting basic admissions requirements, have either achieved a composite score of 21 on the ACT, are in the top 50% of their graduating class, or have exceeded a 2.25 cumulative GPA.

Other admissions categories include transfer students, international students, non traditional students, and re-admit students; generally, the requirements here are a little more lax than with first-time, degree-seeking freshmen applicants.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Financial aid forms are FAFSA. In the same way, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics, Minority Status, Alumni Affiliation, Job Skills, Leadership and State/District Residency. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics, Minority Status, Alumni Affiliation, Job Skills, Leadership and State/District Residency. Financial aid distribution is at twenty-five percent scholarships per grants and seventy-five percent loans per jobs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4724th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at MoSo is quite bustling, and there are two typical student residence buildings located on-campus in addition to a variety of apartment style complexes and even a dormitory suite building. Complementing the residence area of the MoSo campus is the Mayes Student Life Center, which houses the school’s gym, computer labs, commons, and cafeteria.

Greek life on the MoSo campus is not as intense as at other schools of its size and nature, although the set of three fraternities and two sororities does provide students with ample social opportunities. Separate from the Greek organizations are the school’s many student clubs and groups, of which a telling sample would have to include the Student Senate, several honors organizations, The Chart student newspaper, as well as a whole host of religious and special interest groups.

Rounding out the topic of student life, MoSo is the home of a very well coordinated and inclusive intramural sports program, with soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, bowling and several other games making the list.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


In light of the active intramural sports scene, it’s no surprise that MoSo fields various official school sports teams, all of which compete in the NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The school’s mascot is the Lion, and the school’s sports team colors are green and gold.

In total, the men’s teams are fielded in the sports of basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf and track & field; on the other hand, women’s teams are fielded in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Missouri and 1130th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Missouri and 289th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 160 0.32
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 33 0.07
Robbery 54 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 692 1.37
Larceny 2,562 5.09
Vehicle theft 279 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population32,628 (27,751 urban / 4,877 rural)
Households13,220 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,367
Families8,347 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (education)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2907

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1865th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,196 $5,196 $10,392
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $526 $526 $526
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $173 $173 $346
FT Graduate Tuition $5,364 $5,364 $10,746
FT Graduate Required Fees $590 $590 $590
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $298 $298 $597
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,370 $15,370 $20,219
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,320 $15,320 $20,169
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,709 $9,709 $14,558

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,090 $5,271 $5,090 $5,271 $9,654 $10,017
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $520 $410
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,976 $6,113
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,062 $3,148
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,612 $5,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,888 $5,226
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,888 $5,225

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,726 (717 male / 1,009 female)
Admitted 1,679 (696 male / 983 female)
Admission rate 97%
First-time Enrollment 808 (365 male / 443 female)
FT Enrollment 762 (340 male / 422 female)
PT Enrollment 46 (25 male / 21 female)
Total Enrollment5,616

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

828th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity720
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 17 24 35 12 37 894 50 1,072
Art/Art Studies, General
Biochemistry 1 7 1 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 2 1 51 3 62
Business Administration and Management, General 1 8 1 10
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 1
Business/Commerce, General 7 1 3 2 5 137 5 163
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 3 3
Chemistry, General 1 1 2
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 3
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 21 1 24
Computer Teacher Education 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 18 20
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 5 4 79 94
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 5 3 84 96
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10 3 13
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 2 2 33 38
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 1 6
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
Education, General 7 2 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 55 56
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
English Language and Literature, General 11 1 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2
French Language and Literature 1 1
German Language and Literature 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 3 1 51 3 60
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 1 6 1 8
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 1 1 1 20 2 25
History, General 7 7
Industrial Technology/Technician 5 2 7
International Relations and Affairs 1 3 4
Juvenile Corrections 1 1 1 7 10
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 1 6 80 3 94
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 2 10
Mathematics, General 4 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 7 8
Music Performance, General 1 6 2 9
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 5 5
Psychology, General 1 1 1 21 1 25
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 1 2 4 48 5 62
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 14 1 15
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 2 27 4 35
Sociology 2 1 15 2 20
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 4 1 2 1 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 1 1 20 2 26
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2201st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,833 ($65,340 male / $51,898 female)
Number of FT Faculty 197 (104 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 310
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $4,143,277

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