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About Missouri Southern State University

Located in Joplin, Missouri, USA, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) serves approximately 6,000 students with more than 140 academic programs and an engaging Intensive English Program on its beautiful 373-acre campus. Missouri Southern is home to students from nearly 45 different countries, and the institution prides itself on its diverse, inclusive environment, its immersive learning opportunities, and its leadership in international education. The university is located within minutes of some of the greatest scenery and waterways in the nation and within a one- to three-hour’s drive from major US cities.

In addition to its many quality academic programs, the outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs, award-winning themed semesters, fun student activities, and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music, and film, create an engaging learning experience for all students. Graduates from MSSU work in their communities as leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, and innovators.

Missouri Southern State University

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MSSU Quick Facts


International Student Support Services

The International Admissions Office at Missouri Southern prides itself on service to its students, from a robust orientation to immigration advising, to work authorization assistance, and providing fun activities (international prom, hiking trips, bowling, movies, and shopping excursions), students receive first-rate treatment as well as a friendly go-to for all things international students need in order to navigate on an American university campus and maintain their student status.

COVID Response Updates: MSSU courses are offered in person as well as online and hybrid format. Masks are still required on campus and in classrooms.


MSSU Merit scholarships and multiple Foundation scholarships can help offset MSSU’s already affordable tuition. MSSU also offers Athletic and Academic Performance scholarships.

The MoSo Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships designed to help first-time freshman meet the cost of their education. See if you qualify for one of our three levels!

Honors Program: Evans Scholarship

This program is designed exclusively for high-achieving students that provides specific challenges and opportunities. Honors students have the advantage of, enhanced resources, a strong community to support them, and special recognition designed to help them achieve academically.

The Evans Scholarship is $6,500 per academic year ($3,250 per semester). This is renewable for up to eight semesters if you continue to make acceptable academic progress.

Foundation Scholarships

Privately funded awards donated to the university from a variety of sources. Scholarship funds come from private individuals, clubs, foundations, memorials, and local organizations. Foundation Scholarships are available up to $7000! with over 300 scholarship offerings just for MSSU students.

Student Life

Life on Missouri Southern's campus is chockfull of activities and recreational events for students to enjoy outside the classroom. Students can choose from 80+ student organizations, attend cultural events, and enjoy MSSU's state-of-the-art recreation center, complete with workout equipment, an indoor track, basketball courts, and rooms for the many free fitness classes offered in the facility. The campus also offers intramural sports such as sand volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and miniature golf. MSSU’s Residence Life offers numerous housing options from traditional dormitory rooms to full suites right on campus with just a short walk to class.


Global Leaders Program

This competitive leadership program offers special funding and leadership-focused opportunities and services to 50 students each year who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and outstanding leadership qualities.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Students whose native language is not English or who do not meet the English requirement can hone their English skills in MSSU's Intensive English Program, which offers courses in reading, composition, grammar, speaking, and listening as well as classroom technology, American history and culture, from beginning through advanced levels. Additionally, IEP students can sign up for the Friendship Family Program or a conversation partner to supplement their IEP course work and improve their English must faster.

International-Themed Semesters

Every fall semester, the MSSU Institute of International Studies offers to the campus an international-themed semester, in which one selected country or region of the world becomes the focus across the curriculum for the entire campus. For example, a recent semester was known as the "Caribbean Semester," and the university provided many cultural events and presentations on various aspects of the Caribbean, including Caribbean music and Cuban baseball. All of the first-year students read a common book which correlates with the themed semester, and many instructors incorporate the theme into their courses for broader exposure. Ideally, degree seeking students will be exposed to four countries before they graduate!

Student Testimonial

“Missouri Southern State University has opened several doors for me and is preparing me for the workforce. I feel very fortunate to be part of MSSU, a university that has excellent instructors and very professional staff members. The atmosphere and opportunities made my choice easy, and I'm happy with my decision.”

  • Thales Vilar- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At MSSU you will find a close-knit community of students, staff, and faculty who share the same goal of providing world-class education that you can use to stand above the crowd and ‘ROAR’!

So, are you ready to learn how you can join the Lion Pride? Complete the request information form at the top of the page to find out how to apply today!



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