JOPLIN, MO. – In response to the postponement of ACT testing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri Southern State University will offer provisional admission to students registering for the Fall 2020 semester who have had their test postponed.

The ACT national test date had been scheduled for April 4. The organization, which administers the standardized test, has rescheduled testing for June 13.

The university is committed to making sure the class of 2020 is ready to begin their college experience in the fall, said Michael Sanders, dean of admissions.

“COVID-19 is requiring us to rethink how we do things as an institution,” Sanders said. “It has disrupted all departments on campus, and we know it has disrupted seniors and families in their preparation for college in the fall. We want to remove as many of the roadblocks as we can during this pandemic.”

Students who have already completed their application or are preparing to do so can provide a self-reported GPA or test score to admissions staff in order to move forward with the fall enrollment process. Provisional admission for students will be granted pending receipt of official documentation.

Sanders said the university intends to be flexible and innovative throughout the process.

“We will utilize technology to help them along the way,” he said. “Whether it’s a phone call, text, email or video conference, we can still communicate with students and parents to make sure all their questions are answered.”

For more information, contact Missouri Southern’s Admissions Office at 417-625-9378 or admissions@mssu.edu.