Missouri Southern State University

3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, United States
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Overview of Missouri Southern State University

About this school

Missouri Southern State, founded in 1937, is a public, liberal arts college. Its 340-acre campus is located in Joplin, 68 miles west of Springfield.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:5,732
    • Men:2,549 (44.5%)
    • Women:3,183 (55.5%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Missouri Southern State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
3
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
-
-
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
Recommended
August 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Required
August 1
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
3950 East Newman Road
City, State, Zip
Joplin, MO  64801-1595
Phone
(417) 625-9378
Fax
(417) 659-4429
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$25
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins September 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for some freshmen
Other
Class rank of at least 50%, minimum recommended ACT score of at 21 required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
94% of 2,333 applicants were admitted
Women
95% of 1,409 applicants were admitted
Men
92% of 924 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,560 (71%) of 2,196 admitted students enrolled
Women
886 (66%) of 1,342 admitted students enrolled
Men
674 (79%) of 854 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.30
375 And Above
29%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
20%
2.00 - 2.49
8%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
22 average |19-25 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
4%
• Score 24 - 29
29%
• Score 18 - 23
53%
• Score 12 - 17
15%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $6,067|Out-of-state: $11,568
  • Room & Board: - Not reported
  • Other Expences: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported

Payment Plans


Missouri Southern State University accepts

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002488
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
948 (98.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
766 (80.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
753 (98.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
125 (16.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
42%
Average Award
$8,972
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 609 (80.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,080
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 438 (58.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,887
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 509 (67.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
141 (14.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,770

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
4,137 (94.5%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
3,431 (82.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,350 (97.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
628 (18.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
45%
Average Award
$9,471
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,674 (79.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,044
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,067 (61.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,591
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,650 (49.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
426 (9.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,770

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
64%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$25,314
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


202

Part-Time Faculty


148

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


33%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 16% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 33% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 29% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 17% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 50% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 50% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
630,782

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
550
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Missouri Southern State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


65.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


15.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


30.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


36.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (31)


  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • History, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Music Performance, General
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Education, Health professions and related sciences, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study (7)


  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Nursing--General

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


50,789

Nearest Metropolitan Area


365 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
20.4 average low in January, 84.4 average high in September
Rain
109 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
150 mile(s) from campus in Kansas City
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Joplin
Nearest Train Station
170 mile(s) from campus in Kansas City

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing

Students of College Housing


14% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


86%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Lion
School Colors
Hunter green and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Missouri Southern State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


4,210

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
5,732
Women
3,183
Men
2,549

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 3.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.0% Asian
  • 6.2% Black/African-American
  • 4.7% Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 79.3% White
  • 3.1% Unknown

International Students


3.7% from 31 countries

Average Age


24

Number of Graduate Students


51

Student Resources

Study resources