Admissions Office

Freshmen Admission Requirements

Citizens of other countries are encouraged to investigate International Admission requirements.


Admission Process | Admission Requirements | Common Checklist for all Applicants

Current High School Students | Home School Students | High School Graduates - Under 21 | High School Graduates - 21+ years of age | GED Students

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Admission requirements depend on your age and educational background.

The following information is for citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Admission Process

The admission process should begin in the fall of your senior year in high school. Here's our suggested admission time line:

September through December
  • Apply for admission.
  • Visit Campus. The Admissions Department offers many ways to become acquainted with beautiful, secure campus. Reserve your spot for one of our Discovery Days, Touchdown Tour, Saturday tour, or a weekday campus tour.
  • Take the ACT or SAT. These scores impact your admission decision, academic scholarships and even class enrollment.
  • Tell your high school counselor to send MSSU a 6th, 7th, or 8th semester transcript in a sealed envelope or faxed to 417. 659.4429
  • Look for MSSU's Admissions Counselors at college fairs or your high school. You are also invited to attend our College Fair held on MSSU's campus in October of each year.
January through March
  • Complete your FAFSA.
  • Honors program deadline - February 15th
  • SEOG deadline - February 15th
  • Patron scholarship deadline - March 1
  • Apply for campus housing
April through July
  • FAFSA completion deadline - April 1
  • All financial aid documentation must be provided to financial aid department to guarantee processing for 1st disbursement - May 1 deadline.
  • After admittance, reserve your spot at Southern Welcome.
  • Check out our admitted student instructions.

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Admission Requirements

Once your application packet is complete, it will be reviewed to see if you meet admission requirements.
Applications packets that do not meet the following requirements automatically go to the review committee.

To be admitted you must have:

  • A high school GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • OR rank in the top 50% of your class
  • OR have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.

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Checklist for all Applicants

See your classification for additional transcript, ACT/SAT score submission information.

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Current High School Students

1. Checklist for all applicants

2. Submit your high school transcript, it must:

  • Be from the 6th, 7th, or 8th semester
  • Show your GPA
  • Rank in class.
Mailing: Transcript must come to MSSU directly from the high school in a sealed envelope to:
MSSU-Admissions
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801
Faxing: fax directly from your high school to:
417.659.4429

3. Provide ACT/SAT scores:

  • Check with your high school to see if your scores are included on your transcript. If they are NOT on your transcript, contact ACT to have a copy sent to MSSU.

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Home School Students

1. Checklist for all applicants

2. Submit a copy of your transcript, it must:

  • Be from the 6th, 7th, or 8th semester
  • Show your GPA.

3. Provide ACT scores:

  • You may have to contact ACT to have a copy of your scores to MSSU.

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High School Graduates Under 21

1. Checklist for all applicants

2. Submit a copy of your final high school transcript containing:

  • your date of graduation
  • rank in class
  • and final GPA.
Mailing: Transcript must come to MSSU directly from the high school in a sealed envelope to:
MSSU-Admissions
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801
Faxing: fax directly from your high school to:
417.659.4429

3. Provide ACT scores:

  • You may have to contact ACT to have a copy of your scores to MSSU.

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High School Graduates 21+ years of age

1. Checklist for all applicants

2. Submit a copy of your final high school transcript containing:

  • your date of graduation
  • rank in class
  • and final GPA.
Mailing: Transcript must come to MSSU directly from the high school in a sealed envelope to:
MSSU-Admissions
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801
Faxing: fax directly from your high school to:
417.659.4429

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GED Students

1. Checklist for all applicants

2. Submit a copy of your GED scores:

  • These scores will be evaluated for a rank in class equivalency. If you do not have a copy of your GED certificate with scores, you will need to contact the state in which you were tested.

3. If you are under the age of 21:

  • you will need to submit ACT scores. You will need to contact ACT and request a copy of your scores sent to MSSU.

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