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Future Students

Future Students 

Let us be the first to congratulate you for researching and seeking information about secondary and continuing education and to thank you for looking at Missouri Southern State University. Studies have shown that completing a degree or certificate program can significantly increase your potential to earn more money in your lifetime. Your motivation may be something completely different, whatever the case, MSSU has something for everyone.

Why choose MSSU? Consider these top reasons to choose MSSU:

Academics and Opportunity

We offer nearly 200 degree options in Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Technology and International Studies. Undergraduate and Graduate programs are offered as well as International study and internship opportunities which give you the chance to learn first-hand about the world you will encounter. Learn More..


Classes that Fit Your Lifestyle and Circumstances

We have a "traditional" classroom environment, but for those who need the convenience of online classes, we offer those as well. We understand that life may have different plans for you, but it shouldn't come between you and your goals, we are here to help. Learn More..


Campus Housing: Eat, Sleep and Live Green and Gold

The residence halls are more than just a place to lay your head, they are a living experience. Students are immersed in the campus atmosphere and environment. While academics should be the primary focus, there will be plenty of time for entertainment, fun, and friends. Your university residence hall experience will be an exciting time full of fond memories. Learn More.


Student Activities

More than 1000 students are active in intramural activities each year here at MSSU. We also have more than 80 Registered Student Organizations in which you can be a part of as well as the opportunity to Go Greek!! So, whatever you're into, MSSU has something for you. Learn More..


Campus Life

The Campus Activities Board plans such events as picnics, trips to major events and attractions. They provide entertaining, educational, and experiential events…in other words FUN! Comedians, musicians, speakers, novelties, and movie showings are all available to MSSU students, typically at no cost. Learn More..


Location, Location, Location

Located in Joplin, Missouri, the University is nestled in a suburban setting with a beautiful, safe 373-acre campus in the Missouri Ozarks. Joplin, with a population of about 50,000, is a retail hub serving approximately 400,000 people - the fourth largest metro area in Missouri. There is a little bit of everything here, from shopping and dining to fishing and hiking, with a small-town environment and friendliness. Learn More..


Global Perspective

We know you need to be prepared to live and compete in a global society. Our unique, nationally award-winning Themed Semester program and study abroad opportunities open the world for you to explore. Learn More..



Missouri Southern State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) since 1949. The Higher Learning Commission accredits institutions, not individual programs. Learn More..


Student Support

MSSU offers a host of services that support students. Our First-Year Experience program makes the transition to University life easy and understandable. Our Advising, Counseling and Testing Services Office offers support services designed to encourage and assist all students. There is strong international student support on campus and a Friendship Family Network, as well. Whether it's advising, counseling or support with your financial aid, we are here for you. The Student Success Center offers free tutoring for all MSSU students. In addition, Disability Services, located in the Student Success Center, offers accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Learn More..



MSSU’s tuition is the lowest of any university in the State of Missouri, and Joplin’s cost of living is among the lowest in the United States. Learn More..


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Missouri Southern State University believes an education should be available for all students. We believe that higher education should not be a privilege reserved only for those who can afford to purchase it and that educational opportunities should not be limited by the financial resources of the student and their family. We understand that applying for assistance can get confusing, we are here to help. The Financial Aid Office will seek out funds and make them available to current and prospective students so as to meet their demonstrated financial need, without regard to race, creed, national origin, age or disability. Learn More..


Small Class

Smaller class sizes provide more personal attention and the ratio of teachers to students enables a unique experience for each student. This also ensures each student maximizes their learning experience with faculty who know your name. We have an average class size of 24, while 77 percent of our classes have fewer than 30 students. This also provides an environment of camaraderie with fellow students. Visit our Campus Life to view more information. Learn More..


Focus on Teaching

  Missouri Southern State University professors hold doctoral degrees from the nation's most prestigious universities and bring their vast knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Learn More..


Top of the Line Facilities

For example, we now offer a 71,000 square foot recreation center that features new Student Health Center, three-court gymnasium, elevated jogging track, and two 4,000 square foot fitness areas. The new 85,000 square foot state-of-the-art Health Sciences building provides an unparalleled environment in which to train high quality health care professionals in nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory care and radiologic technology. Learn More.


Convenience of Having Everything on Campus

Missouri Southern State University has everything you would want offered right on campus, from food to study areas to recreation, all within walking distance. You can also visit our Campus Life and see a full schedule of events or schedule a visit and come see for yourself! Learn More..



MSSU is a Division II program within the MIAA. We strive for excellence and our Athletics are no exception. Rod Smith, former NFL Denver Bronco wide receiver and Super Bowl winner, was MSSU's Outstanding Graduate in 1994. Washington Former Redskins and Eagles receiver James Thrash is also part of our alumni. Our purpose is to empower the student-athlete with the confidence and ability to succeed at all levels of performance. We feel our most important responsibility is to assist our student-athletes in reaching their highest potential as they strive for excellence academically, athletically and socially within a diverse and challenging society. Learn More..


Please take a look at our Activities Calendar and Join the Pride! If you have any other questions feel free to contact us.