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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.

Planning for the Future

Student studying outdoors
Entrance to MWSU
Two students at an MWSU football game

Accreditation

Missouri Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States. HLC accredits institutions of higher education in 19 states and has approximately 1,000 member institutions.

Accreditation supports our ongoing focus on institutional improvement, ensures that we remain accountable to our constituencies, and provides us with a broad framework for action as we work to achieve our mission.

Missouri Western’s accreditation was reaffirmed on January 24, 2017 and participates in the Open Pathway. We value the insights provided through the accreditation process and seek to use this information to strengthen our institution.

Specialized accreditations include:

Missouri Western also has the All-Steinway School designation, the American Chemical Society curriculum approval, and the American Bar Association approval.

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR MASCOT

MWSU GriffonA 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.

OUR VALUES

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.