Missouri Southern State University is a public, state university located in Joplin
Missouri Southern State University was formerly Missouri Southern State College and is also known as Missouri Southern, MSSU, or MoSo for short. Established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern became a four-year college in 1968 and became state-assisted four-year college known as Missouri Southern State College in 1977. In 2003, the Missouri General Assembly authorized the renaming of the college to Missouri Southern State University–Joplin, and in 2005 the university dropped Joplin from its name.
There are over 70 student organizations. These organizations range from ethnic to political, religious to special interest.
MSSU Student Senate (SS) is the official voice of the student body at Missouri Southern State University. SS strives to find solutions to campus issues by making policy recommendations to the administration. SS is a forum for problems, concerns, questions, suggestions, and ideas as they relate to student life on campus. SS serves as the governing body for all students and more than 70 student organizations on campus. SS was established in MSSU’s early years and has been active on campus ever since. SS is entirely funded by student fees, receiving a budget of $20,000 each academic year. Meetings are held once a week on Wednesdays at 5:00 P.M. and are open to the public.
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) orchestrates activities and programs in the Billingsly Student Union and around campus. CAB is a student-run programming board dedicated to enhancing the college experience at Missouri Southern. By effectively utilizing the Student Involvement Fee, CAB aims to provide educational, entertaining, cultural, and leisure opportunities to complement the students’ academic experience.
Intramural sports are also available on campus.
Missouri Southern currently has many student organizations including Student Senate, Campus Activities Board, 34 Departmental organizations, 12 honors organizations, 9 religious organizations, and 18 special interest organizations. The university also has a school newspaper, The Chart, and an alumni magazine, Crossroads.