Welcome to Lion Country
You have big dreams for your academic future—a beautiful campus, knowledgeable faculty who know you by name, immersive learning experiences, active student organizations, a thriving residential life system, and opportunities to expand your international horizons.
At Missouri Southern State University, you’ll find all that and more—including 140 bachelor’s degree options, a growing number of master’s programs, approximately 70 student organizations, and 16 partnerships with universities around the globe.
From the day you arrive on campus to the day you cross the stage to receive your diploma, Missouri Southern’s dedicated faculty and staff are here to help you every step of the way.
A commitment to our students
Founded as Joplin Junior College in 1937, Missouri Southern has provided educational opportunities for Southwest Missouri and beyond for more than 80 years.
It has evolved into a comprehensive four-year, state-supported institution, developing outstanding state and nationally accredited programs that prepare our students for the competitive and changing 21st-century society. Academic programs are organized into four colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education, the Robert W. Plaster College of Business, and the College of Health Sciences. The university also offers graduate studies and a Distance Learning program.
Central to our mission is a commitment to graduate knowledgeable, responsible, successful global citizens, meeting the educational needs of our students and fostering a deep sense of community among the members of our Lion family.
Lion Pride Tuition
Many students who live outside of Missouri qualify for the University’s Lion Pride Tuition program.
Students from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas—as well as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marinara Islands—are automatically eligible for the in-state tuition rate. Once admitted, those students can receive scholarships as well! It’s one of the many ways Missouri Southern works to provide an excellent education that is also affordable for our students.
A growing campus
Five major building projects—totaling more than $30 million—have helped reshape the campus landscape over the last few semesters. Among those projects are a three-story residence hall complex known as the Quads, the state-of-the-art North End Zone Facility at Fred G. Hughes Stadium, a new baseball stadium, and the recently completed renovation of Reynolds Hall. The latter project has created a new state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space in the building that houses the Biology, Environmental Health, Physical Sciences, and Mathematics programs. Recently completed is a three-story addition that will offer more classroom space, a new human physiology lab, and offices.
Those looking for an active life outside of the classroom will feel right at home at Missouri Southern.
The Campus Activities Board offers a variety of free activities each semester, from movies and photo booths to performances by comedians, magicians, and more. Students who are focused on fitness will love the 71,000-square-foot Beimdiek Recreation Center, the intramural sports program, yoga and exercise classes, racquetball courts, and swimming pool.
Students will also find a wide variety of registered organizations to meet their interests, from departmental groups such as the Chemistry and History clubs, faith-based groups, and leadership organizations such as Student Senate and Southern Ambassadors.
The MSSU Lions compete in 14 different men’s and women’s sports in the highly competitive NCAA Division II, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, track & field, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Our athletics department is one with a rich history and promise.
You’ll also discover that Joplin, Missouri, is a wonderful place to go to live and learn. With a metro area population of 400,000, it provides wonderful opportunities for internships, shopping, dining, and exploring the natural beauty of the Ozarks.