Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO 64801
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Missouri Southern State University is one of the 13 public 4-year colleges in Missouri. Its campus is medium in size and located in Joplin. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,012 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 658 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 65%).

Every year 33% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Missouri Southern State University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $5,501, and fees were $566. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $11,002 and $566 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 7 37
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/1990 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
11/09/2009 - 12/20/2014



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
ACT19 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$183/credit
In State Students$183/credit
Out of State Students$367/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$250/credit
In State Students$250/credit
Out of State Students$375/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $8,235 $8,235 $16,515
ADN 70 $12,810 $12,810 $25,690
BSN 125 $22,875 $22,875 $45,875
FNP 50 $12,500 $12,500 $18,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Missouri Southern State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 53% $4,210
Other Federal Grant 5% $462
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $2,012
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 66% $2,685
Federal Student Loans 55% $4,909
Private Loans 2% $5,921


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,334
$30,001 to $48,000$7,705
$48,001 to $75,000$10,308
$75,001 to $110,000$11,678
Over $110,000$12,430

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program

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Annette McClanahan Harrison Endowed Nursing Scholarship

An endowed scholarship was set up to be awarded to full time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. Recipients must have demonstrated financial ...

Betty Crim Endowed Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship gives annual awards for undergraduate students attending the University of Missouri-Columbia full-time, majoring in Nursing. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. ...

Bill and Mary Russell Healthcare Scholarship

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Marsha’s Angels Scholarship Fund

Applicants who are residents of Sedgwick County, Kansas or one of the surrounding counties may attend an accredited nursing program anywhere in the U.S.; applicants from any other state in ...

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.

Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801

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