About Missouri Western
A griffon is a mythical creature that is half lion and half eagle. It was chosen in 1918 as the mascot of St. Joseph Junior College, the institution which later became Missouri Western State University.
The Griffon was selected because it was considered a guardian of riches, and education is viewed as a precious treasure.
Its wings are spread in the shape of the state of Missouri to signify the union of the college with the state university system in 1977.
Missouri Western State University, located on more than 700 acres in St. Joseph, Mo., serves Missouri and surrounding states. Originally founded as St. Joseph Junior College in 1915, Missouri Western was transformed into a four-year college in 1969 and became a full member of the State of Missouri system in 1977. In 2005, Missouri Western received university designation and changed its name to Missouri Western State University.
Today, Missouri Western offers certificates, associateís, bachelorís and masterís degrees. Student-centered, high-quality instruction emphasizes experience-based learning and community service.