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Yours to Lose Application
  • Only first-time entering freshman are eligible to apply

  • Applicant must meet all of the following to be eligible to apply for admission to the Yours to Lose Program:

    • ACT composite score of 28 or above / an SAT score (CR + M) of 1300 or above, AND

    • ACT Math sub-score of 22 or above, AND

    • GPA of at least 3.7 (on a 4-point unweighted scale) in high school course work

Admission to MSSU, a Yours to Lose application form, an application essay, and resume outlining extra-curricular activities and leadership is required. Promising candidates will be invited to interview with the Yours to Lose Program Admission Committee.

  1. Admission to MSSU and A COMPLETED Yours to Lose application form must be filed by December 1 of the senior year in high school.

  2. An official high school TRANSCRIPT must be on file in the Admissions Office

  3. Your ACT or SAT RESULTS must be on record in the Admissions Office

  4. Please submit your resume with list of extracurricular activities emphasizing leadership and community service using the space provided in the Yours to Lose Application form.

  5. Please submit a 250-word or less essay using one of 3 prompts provided in the application...

  6. When your application is complete, you may be invited for an INTERVIEW

DEADLINES - For Fall Semester Admission
  • Admission to MSSU and Items 1-5 listed above must be completed by December 1 of your senior year in high school.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by February 1. See the Financial Aid page for instructions.

  • Students submitting application materials after this date may be considered on a space available basis.

For additional information concerning the Yours to Lose application process, please contact:

Dr. Donna Johnson, Yours to Lose Adviser

Missouri Southern State University

3950 East Newman Road

Joplin, MO 64801-1595


Telephone: 417-625-3556

Missouri Southern State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution. The college reserves the right to amend regulations when necessary. For more information about the college visit our website www.mssu.edu

Full Name: 
Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY): 
Telephone Number: 
Email Address: 
Street Address: 
Zip Code: 
International Applicant’s Country Name 
Country Postal Code 
Best ACT composite score: 
Best SAT score (CR + M): 
Test Date (MM/DD/YYYY): 
Have you applied and been accepted to MSSU?
Anticipated Enrollment Date: 
Filed FAFSA with Financial Aid office?:
Name of High School:  
High School GPA (4.0 Scale): 
Class Rank: 
Number of students in your class: 
Year of Graduation: 
Please list awards, extracurricular activities and honors.  
Please select one of the following essay questions to answer in 250 words or less:

1. A significant amount of federal resources has been invested in various smoking cessation programs. Do you feel these types of programs are necessary? Why or why not? 
2. You are a newly licensed physician and the physician that has been named as your mentor explains how he adds billing codes for minor activities that he does not perform. What would your response and/or action entail? 
3. Should vagrancy (homelessness) be addressed as a nation? Why or why not? 

In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally-protected class, in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University, including, but not limited to, athletics, instruction, grading, the awarding of student financial aid, recruitment, admissions, and housing.

I certify that all the information provided in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.