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Missouri Southern State University is a public institution that was founded in 1937. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,536, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 365 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Missouri Southern State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 72. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,271 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,654 (2012-13).
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Missouri Southern State University is a state-supported, comprehensive university offering programs leading to the bachelor's degree and to selective master's degrees in collaboration with other universities. The University has a statewide mission in international education granted to MSSU by special legislation.
The University's primary goal is to offer a baccalaureate program that fosters the total education of each student. Central to that mission is the strong commitment to international education, to the liberal arts, to professional and preprofessional programs, and to the complementary relationship that must exist between liberal and professional education in order to prepare individuals for success in careers and lifelong learning.
Inherent in its international approach to undergraduate education is the University's desire to prepare its students to understand world affairs, international issues and other cultures as seen through their history, geography, language, literature, philosophy, economics and politics. Knowledge and understanding of other cultures of the world also promote better understanding of our own valuable cultural diversity.
Missouri Southern State University's commitment to the liberal arts is reflected in a comprehensive program of general education requirements for all students to ensure that they have a breadth of educational experiences which will enable them to develop communication and critical thinking skills and to acquire and apply aesthetic, contemporary, civic, international, historical, mathematical, scientific and value-oriented perspectives.
The faculty and staff of Missouri Southern State University emphasize quality teaching and learning as the most important attributes of the institution, complemented by scholarly and creative expression and dedicated community service. Community service involves responsiveness to the Southwest Missouri region as well as serving as the intellectual, creative and cultural center of the area.
In order to remain loyal to the trust given to the University by the people of the State of Missouri, Missouri Southern State University will:
Institutional goals that reflect our institutional mission:
To implement the international mission by providing and maintaining instruction, programming, and institutional systems designed to help students succeed in the multicultural-global communities in which they will live and work.
To provide and maintain a quality curriculum that balances the liberal arts with professional and pre-professional education to meet the needs of students and employers.
To provide and maintain quality teaching and learning experiences enriched by scholarly and creative expression.
To enhance access to higher education by providing and maintaining the technology and support services that advance best practices for distance learning programs.
To respond to the needs of the Southwest Missouri region through educational and cultural programming.
To provide for continuous improvement by implementing the full cycle assessment of academic and support programs and the ongoing evaluation of operational efficiency and effectiveness.
To fulfill the University's Mission in an honorable manner that fosters and enhances the institutions integrity.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Missouri Southern State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Missouri Southern State University is $15. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||96.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Missouri Southern State University is 18:1, and the school has 51.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Missouri Southern State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; English Language and Literature/Letters; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.0 percent.
Missouri Southern State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,536, with a gender distribution of 42.5 percent male students and 57.5 percent female students. Missouri Southern State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Missouri Southern State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Missouri Southern State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Missouri Southern State University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Missouri Southern State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||75%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Missouri Southern State University, 75.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,352.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$5,271 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$9,654 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$5,976 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data