Aspiring college students can choose from several different postsecondary options in the Joplin, Missouri, area. To help readers decide if any of these colleges are a good choice for them, we take a closer look at the traditional schools in the area and compare them using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Closest Schools to Joplin, Missouri
There aren't many traditional schools close to Joplin, Missouri. The closest school to Joplin is a 4-year university. A two-year college is also nearby.
- Missouri Southern State University (located downtown)
- Crowder College (16.6 miles from downtown)
Largest Schools Near Joplin, Missouri
There are not too many large institutions near Joplin. Only two schools have more than 1,000 students. The largest schools near Joplin are public institutions.
- Missouri Southern State University (5,783 students)
- Crowder College (5,584 students)
Lowest Net Price
The net prices for traditional schools in the Joplin area for 2014-2015 only go as high as $9,000. The NCES determines a school's average net price for full-time undergraduate students by taking the entire attendance cost for a student and subtracting the average grant and scholarship amount from that cost.
- Crowder College ($4,911)
- Missouri Southern State University ($9,193)
Highest Graduation Rates
Graduation rates, as determined by the NCES, are figured out by looking at how many full-time undergrad students graduated within 150% of their program's typical time. This means that students at a 2-year school are counted if they graduated within three years, while students pursuing a 4-year bachelor's degree are counted if they finish their program within six years. For 2015, the traditional schools had rates below 75%.
- Missouri Southern State University (31% graduation rate)
- Crowder College (25% graduation rate)
Even with only a few traditional institutions, the Joplin, MO, area offers some 2-year and 4-year schools that differ in graduation rates, price, size, and location.