Enrollment numbers for the Fall 2022 semester have been announced at Missouri Southern State University. There are currently 4,155 students enrolled in classes, with new student enrollment up 4.67 percent over last fall.

“The university experienced an increase in new students, including international students. With this increase, Missouri Southern’s overall enrollment is in a better position than our original projections, bearing in mind we are slightly down over last fall,” said Dr. Shellie Hewitt, Dean of Admissions.

The fall semester saw the rollout of several new initiatives.

  • MSSU and Kansas City University (KCU) signed an extended agreement expanding the previous partnership to include dental medicine. It allows for a cohort of 25 students for osteopathic medicine and 10 for dental, under the new name MSSU-KCU Early Acceptance Program (MKEAP). Qualified students will have the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree with an accelerated, three-year curriculum before making a seamless transition to KCU.
  • A new Adult Degree Completion (ADC) program at MSSU has been approved for a $30,000 Institutional Workforce Enhancement grant by the Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation. The ADC program at Missouri Southern, focuses on assisting adult learners who wish to finish school by offering tailored degrees and certifications. The students’ life and employment experience can also count toward college credit and help them to accelerate advancement in the workforce.
  • The launch of a $31.5 million capital campaign is underway to address areas of:
    student scholarships, student success, a student activity center, academic and athletic excellence, immersive learning opportunities, and a health science innovation center.

“We are delighted to see a substantial increase in new students choosing Missouri Southern this fall. Clearly, the quality of the university’s academic programs, our engaging student experience, and Missouri Southern’s affordability are resonating with students from the Four States and beyond,” said Dr. Dean Van Galen, president.