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Missouri Southern is a state university offering associate, bachelor and masters programs.
Missouri Southern State University, located in Joplin, Missouri, sits on a beautiful 373 acre campus. The University is a state-supported, comprehensive university offering programs leading to the associate's degree, 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. Central to the mission is a strong commitment to international education, liberal arts, professional and preprofessional programs and to the complementary relationship between liberal and professional education.The faculty and staff of Missouri Southern emphasize quality teaching and learning as the most important attributes of the institution, complemented by scholarly and creative expression and dedicated community service.
Missouri Southern's Lion Pride Community
The Missouri Southern State University's campus is located in Southwest Missouri in the city of Joplin. MSSU has been an instrumental partner in the region's cultural and economic growth for nearly seven decades. The institution hosts thousands of events, performances, lectures, athletic contests, regional , national, and international competitions, theatre productions, banquets, symposia, music recitals, conferences, parades, field days, and other activities that attract nearly one millon people each year.
|Total Undergraduate Students||5,351|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||152||3%|
|African American / Black||230||4%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||5||<1%|
|Two or More Races||59||1%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||232||4%|
|Where do MSSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||14%|
|How old are MSSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||33%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||18 - 24|
|Math||17 - 23|
|English||17 - 24|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||35%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||63%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||97%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.20|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||97%|
The cost to attend Missouri Southern State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||18 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||83%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||86%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||196|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||47%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||10%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||61%|
35% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
12% of all undergraduates live on campus
Performing directed and random patrols on campus In an attempt to reduce fear/apprehension of crime on campus, DPS Officers will provide a visible presence to help promote an atmosphere of safety for students, faculty/staff and all visitors. Answering calls for service DPS Officers will respond to calls for service on campus, i.e., disturbance, trespassing, property destruction, theft, accident, etc. They will intervene in disturbances and investigate reported crime on campus. They will contact emergency services when needed and (since becoming a campus police department in March of 2008) commissioned officers will investigate all criminal activity, including submitting cases to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s office for the filing of charges. In addition to police functions, the officers are trained as first responders to deal with injuries and/or serious illness on campus through training in basic first aid, CPR and the use of the Automatic External Defibrillator. Compiling reports for incidents and accidents DPS Officers will compile reports documenting crimes, significant occurrences, accidents, etc. that occur on campus. Copies of those reports are available at the DPS Office at no charge. Enforcing all traffic and parking regulations on campus In order to assure that handicapped persons have adequate parking, that emergency personnel have access and to facilitate safety and order on campus, DPS Officers will enforce all traffic and parking regulations on campus. Campus police officers may also enforce all Missouri State Statutes on campus. Providing security for sports events, concerts etc., on campus DPS Officers provide security services at events on campus to insure that participants can enjoy the events with little concern for disruptions. Checking buildings to insure that they are secure In addition to the various other duties, DPS Officers check to insure that buildings are properly locked in the evening hours. They also unlock doors to allow access for authorized persons entering buildings in the early morning hours and on weekends. Monitoring activities in the Residence Halls To insure the safety of all students and Student Advisors in the Residence Halls, DPS Officers are on duty during the midnight hours to watch for unauthorized persons and to enforce the rules of the Residence Halls. DPS Officers are committed to making sure the campus remains free from drugs/alcohol and violence. Providing courtesy services for students DPS Officers provide many courtesy services for students and faculty/staff, i.e., unlocking cars, jump starts, escorts, etc. Any student or faculty/staff member are encouraged to contact a DPS Officer with any problem and they will directly assist or direct the person to the agency/service who can provide the assistance. Fire Safety and Hazardous Materials A fire Safety / Haz Mat officer is responsible for gathering and disposing of all biological and chemical hazardous materials on campus. He is also responsible for the inspection and maintenance of fire suppression items on campus. Providing Timely Warnings The Clery Act requires a timely warning to be given to the campus community in certain instances. In accordance with the act, the MSSU DPS will issue a crime alert in a timely manner for on-going threats to safety and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Specifically, these crimes will include situations that are reported to the DPS and that are considered serious or continuing threats to the campus population. Warnings will be communicated via text messages (Rave system), e-mails, posted notices, and/or media sources at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Public Safety. Providing safety information to students DPS Officers provide literature regarding ways to be safe on and off campus, as well as how to keep property from being stolen. Those types of materials can be picked up at the DPS Office at the West end of the campus. DPS Officers are also available to address classrooms or groups about a number of topics including: Avoiding date rape/date rape drugs, target hardening for property, personal safety, dangers of drugs and alcohol, etc. To schedule a presentation, or to ask question about the Department of Public Safety, please contact the DPS Director (Campus Police Chief) at 417.625.9741.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Missouri Southern State University in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Criminal Justice/Police Science.||11%|
|Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.||11%|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.||9%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching.||8%|
|Links to degree programs at Missouri Southern State University|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 59%