Beginning with the first semester of their freshman year, Honors students participate in specially-designated classes. Because admission is selective and competitive, these classes are smaller and often more discussion-oriented than regular classes, permitting students greater and more intensive interaction with the honors directors, their instructors and their peers.
Completing the experience with service learning, international study, independent studies and a capstone senior thesis project, the program provides students the opportunity to build an ideal university experience. Honors students are held to the highest standards of academic performance, but are not in competition with one another. Instead, an atmosphere of openness, cooperation, and intellectual adventure enables Honors students to inspire and challenge one another.
Outstanding high school seniors, qualified homeschoolers and students with up to two years of college course work may apply. Application details are available here. Missouri Southern is a member of the Great Plains Regional Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Students from the local area high schools are: (Carl Junction) Courtney Bogart, Ceirra Cristy, Natalie Fox, Andrew Stokes; (Carthage) Brooklyn Lampe, Kelly Maxwell; (Joplin) Lindsey Conner & Katherine James-College Heights, Rachel Datum-home schooled, Alyssa Farney & Raycee Thompson & Zack Wages-JHS; (Neosho) Marcus Clouse, Aubrey Cooley, Ashlee Smith; (Seneca) Mackenzie Christensen, Emalie Pickering; (Webb City) Neha Bang, Amanda Davied, Jonna Erwin, Dillon Walker. The remaining students are: Michaela Altvater-Kearney, Josh Beerbower-Uniontown KS, Lauren Delgado-Olathe KS, Kori Dodson-Liberal, Abigail Finder-Lafayette HS in Wildwood, Kaycia Fry-Liberal, Kristen Hanna-Pattonville HS in Maryland Heights, Jacob Harp-Hononegah Community HS in Roscoe IL, Holly Ratliff-JC Harmon HS in Kansas City KS, Alexandria Reeves-Mt Vernon, Claire Roarty-Blue Valley SW HS in Overland Park KS, Justin Thomlinson-Berryhill HS in Tulsa OK and Dillon Youngman-Wichita HS East in Wichita KS.