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Honors Program

Honors Program

What does it mean to be an Honors student?

In the MSSU Honors Program, we want you to make the most of your college experience.  But, we also want you to wonder, "What is a college experience?"

The Honors Program at Missouri Southern State University is a specially-designed academic path exclusively for high-achieving students that provides specific challenges and opportunities.  The most important benefit that the students in our Honors Program enjoy is being a part of a wonderful group of peers who share similar educational values.  Honors students have the advantage of a distinguished learning environment, enhanced resources, a strong community to support them, and special recognition designed to help them achieve academically and grow into well-rounded individuals.  

Course Opportunities 

 Each semester, special section of required courses are designated as Honors sections.  These classes are limited at 18 students to ensure students have more one-on-one time with their professors, emphasizing a discussion-oriented classroom.  Honors courses don't simply "pile on" additional work.  Instead, they require intensive critical and analytical thinking, writing, and speaking.  Honors students have priority registration and are among the first to register for classes each semester.

Campus and Community

There are plenty of ways for Honors students to get involved with MSSU outside of the classroom.  Every Honors student is a member of the Honors Student Organization (HSO), the Honors club.  HSO is a student-run organization that provides occasions to socialize with fellow students.  Members get involved with community service projects and participate in campus activities such as homecoming and athletic events.  HSO also organizes monthly get-togethers in which students might go bowling, watch movies, or visit museums.  

Study Abroad

Because international study is the special academic mission of MSSU,  Honors students should have a significant academic experience in a foreign country.  All Honors students are required to complete an international study experience at some point during their tenure at Missouri Southern; they must sign up for a university-sponsored trip lasting a minimum of ten days, or they may choose to spend an entire semester abroad.  The experience is designed to promote the intellectual development of the students through immersion into a culture other than their own.  Honors students have traveled to such countries as Ireland, Morocco, Germany, Sweden, China, Italy, Belize, Spain, Turkey, England, France, and Australia.  


The Honors Program offers three distinct scholarships.

The Honors Scholarship is $3,500 per academic year for in-state/Lion Pride area residents.

The Evans Scholarship is $6,000 per academic year for in-state/Lion Pride area residents.

The Evans Fellowship is $11,600 per academic year for in-state/Lion Pride area residents.  You must have a 31 or better on the ACT to qualify for this scholarship.

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