At Missouri Western, everything is possible!
Missouri Western State University has a proud tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education to students in the state of Missouri and beyond. We are a four-year, state-supported institution providing a variety of degree programs and offering professional master’s degrees, four-year baccalaureate degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. In addition, the University offers continuing education courses, seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community and serving groups through the Western Institute.
Students come from throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. And our alumni live and work around the world. From its humble beginnings in 1915, Missouri Western continues to deepen its impact on the community, region, nation and world.
Missouri Western State University is a learning community focused on students as individuals and as members of society. Missouri Western offers students at all stages of life the opportunity to achieve excellence in the classroom and beyond, as they prepare to be leaders in their work and in their communities. As a leader itself, Missouri Western is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the people and the region that it serves.
A griffon is a mythical creature that is half lion and half eagle. It was chosen in 1917-18 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.
Service – We share the common purpose of serving students, one another, and the people of the region.
Quality – We are committed to the quality of our programs, our students, and our partnership with the people of the region.
Enthusiasm – We are enthusiastic about learning and confident that we can make a difference in the lives of students through their learning.
Freedom – We promote the free exchange of ideas that makes education liberating and democracy unique.
Respect – We act as individuals and as a campus community with respect for diversity and for the best in human potential.
Courage – We seek the challenge and adventure of shaping the future with an increasingly global perspective.