Missouri Southern State University is a great place to live and learn! Located at the Gateway to the Ozarks in Joplin, Mo., the University is within minutes of the Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas borders. Historic Route 66 runs through the city with the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Springfield and Tulsa, Okla., within one or two hours of the campus. Missouri Southern serves nearly 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs. MSSU's outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs, award-winning Themed Semesters, fun student activities and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for our students and citizens of the region.