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Freshmen Admission Requirements

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Missouri Southern is excited to help you as you begin your educational journey. The application process at Missouri Southern is very simple. The admission requirements depend on your age and educational background. 

Below you will see the admissions requirements for citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have never attended college before. 

You can use this quick links to jump ahead to the area you need. 

Citizens of other countries should review the International Admission requirements.


Admissions Process

For High School seniors, the admissions process should begin in the fall of their senior year. We suggest that applicants follow the timeline listed below.

September through December

January through March

April through July

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Current High School Students and Graduates Under 21

Once your application packet is complete, it will be reviewed to see if you meet admission requirements. Applications packets that do not meet the following requirements automatically go to the review committee.

To be admitted you must have:

  • A high school GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • OR rank in the top 50% of your class
  • OR have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.

Common Core Suggested Curriculum

Missouri high-school students are encouraged to pursue a curriculum that will help prepare them for college coursework. The suggested course schedule is as follows:

English/Language Arts - 4 units 
Social Studies - 3 units 
Mathematics - 4  units
Science - 3 units 
Fine Arts - 1 unit 
Additional Coursework - 3 units 
Electives - 6 units 

Current high school student transcripts must include the following:

  • Be from the 6th, 7th or 8th semester
  • Show your GPA
  • Rank in class

High School graduates under the age of 21 must have the following on their transcript:

  • Date of your graduation
  • Your rank in class
  • Your final GPA

Mailing: Transcript must come to MSSU directly from the high school in a sealed envelope to:

MSSU-Admissions
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801

Faxing: Fax directly from your high school with an official cover sheet to:

417.659.4429

Provide ACT/SAT Scores
Check with your high school to see if your scores are included on your transcript. If they are NOT on your transcript, contact admissions at
admitme@mssu.edu

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Home School Students

High School students are required to have a 2.25 GPA or higher, or have an ACT comosite score of 21 or higher in order to be accepted to MSSU. After filling out the application, you will need to provide the following. 

Submit a copy of your transcript containing:

  • Signature of parent or consortium leader
  • Grades from your 6th, 7th, or 8th semester
  • Your cumulative GPA

Provide ACT/SAT Scores
Request that your official scores be sent to us directly from the testing agency. Contact admissions at
admitme@mssu.edu if you have any questions. 

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High School Graduates Over 21

Students Over the age of 21 are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. We do still require that you either ranked in the top 50% of your class or you had a 2.25 cumulative GPA or higher. 

Submit a copy of your final high-school transcript containing:

  • Date of your graduation
  • Your rank in class
  • Your final GPA

Mailing: Transcript must come to MSSU directly from the high school in a sealed envelope to:

MSSU-Admissions
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin MO 64801

Faxing: Fax directly from your high school with an official cover sheet to:

417.659.4429
 
 

GED Students

Submit a copy of your GED scores: 

These scores will be evaluated to determine your GPA and class rank equivalent. If you do not have a copy of your GED scores, you will need to contact the state in which you were tested to have them sent to the admissions office. 

Provide ACT/SAT Scores
Applicants under the age of 21 must sumbit their ACT or SAT scores in order to be admitted to the school. Contact admissions at 
admitme@mssu.edu to learn more. 

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  Veterans

As a Military Friendly School, we offer Veterans and qualified family members in-state tuition.

In order to recieve this benefit you must supply your DD214 to the Veterans Services office. You must do so before you enroll in classes to recieve the benefit. 

Veterans Service Office

417-625-3159

Veterans@mssu.edu

 

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