About MWSU

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, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Student-centered, high-quality instruction emphasizes experience-based learning and community service.


Fast Facts About Missouri Western
Locations
Main Campus: St. Joseph, MO [Map | Directions]
Northland Campus [Directions]
St. Joseph, MO Population: Approximately 76,000

Academics
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: (Fall 2014): 5,742
  • Graduate Enrollment: (Fall 2014): 184
  • *Average ACT Score: 21.3
  • Average Class Size: 25
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1
  • Freshman Retention Rate: 61%
  • Degree programs: 83
  • Majors: 111 Minors: 51
  • Academic departments/schools: 19
  • Degrees & Certificates Granted for 2013-14: 930
Campus Life
  • Number of Student Organizations/Clubs: Nearly 100
  • Students living on campus: 23%
Faculty & Staff
  • Full-Time Employees (Benefit-Eligible): 509
  • Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty with Terminal Degree: 94%
Accreditation
2015-2016 Cost
  • Undergraduate Tuition/Fees:
    In-State, $5,465.36/year
    Out-of-State, $10,391.60/year
    (Based on 24 credit hours/year - 12 hours/semester)

  • Graduate Tuition/Fees:
    In-State, $6,164.44/year
    Out-of-State, $10,844.44/year
    (Based on 18 credit hours/year - 9 hours/semester)

  • Room and Board: With seven residence halls, various options are available. Visit Housing Fees for specifics.
Alumni
  • More than 28,000 alumni around the world.
Athletics
  • NCAA Division II
  • Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
  • Ten intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams
  • Mascot: Max the Griffon
  • Colors: Black and Gold
  • More than 20 intramural sport activities
Library
  • Western's library holds approximately 226,000 volumes, 1,150 journals, state government documents & over 70 electronic databases. Access is also available to 1.5 billion items held by other libraries.
*Average ACT is for 2014 high school graduates enrolling as first-time, full-time students.