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Missouri Western offers an education tailored for you. Unlock your potential with hands-on learning, working side-by-side with professors and peers. You will quickly discover what we mean when we say …

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Become a Griffon

Students are granted admission to Missouri Western State University after their academic transcripts, test scores and/or other necessary admission documents are received. For specific admission requirements, select the student group you fall into below:

Find Your Passion

Whatever your passion, Missouri Western help you achieve your dreams. With personalized student success programs, tailored to your talents and interests, you’ll find Missouri Western’s commitment starts at enrollment and continues throughout your life.

Explore our colleges and schools

Missouri Western’s six colleges and schools offer more than 120 majors and 60 minors, including four-year baccalaureate programs, professional master’s degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. In addition, the Western Institute offers continuing education courses, seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community. Whatever your interest, we can help you achieve your dreams.

Paying for college

We have the third lowest tuition in Missouri, and we’re proud of it! You’ll notice that Missouri Western does not shy away from talking about cost, because we are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience at an affordable price.

Cost Per Year Snapshot

  In-State Out-of-state
Tuition and fees (15 credit hours/semester) $6,909* $13,500*
Room and board $8,348 – $11,266 $8,348 – $11,266
Cost per year (most affordable option) $15,257 $21,848
Average scholarships/grants $5,485 $5,485
TYPICAL NET COST $9,772** $16,363**
*Figures subject to change
**Includes mandatory fees but NOT program or course-specific fees, which will vary per student.

Complete Tuition & Fee Breakdowns | Housing Costs & Meal Plan Options

Determine the true cost of your education
Some universities might offer more scholarship money than others, but their tuition could be higher so it’s always a good idea to make an ‘apples to apples’ comparison before making a final decision on where you intend to go.

University Cost Comparisons | Our Budget Worksheet

Griffon Rate Waiver
Did you know we have a special tuition waiver for students who live in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee? The Griffon Rate waiver covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition! That’s a savings of almost 50%! Learn more information about Griffon Rate.

Invest in your future

A college education is a sound financial decision — in fact, people who graduate from a four-year university earn almost $1.1 million more in their lifetimes than those with a high school degree.

Quick Facts

  • 97% of first-time freshmen receive financial aid
  • Students receive $61 million each year in financial aid
  • Qualified students are eligible to pay in-state tuition through unique in-state tuition programs
  • Missouri Western offers automatic merit-based scholarships and more than 230 types of competitive scholarships

Welcome Home, Griffons!

Fall in love with your home away from home, where you will do more than study and sleep. You will make lifelong friends and grow in all aspects of your life.

Residence Halls

  • We offer six residence halls including suite-style and apartment-style options.
  • You’ll share a bathroom with your suitemates, not an entire floor.

On-campus Dining

  • Dining Options
    • Whether you want to have lunch in our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, or grab a quick bite from Starbucks, our on-campus dining options will have something you’ll love. View all of our dining options
  • Meal Plans

Security

  • Your safety is our top priority. To ensure your safety, we offer:
    • Hall and room secure keycard access
    • Resident assistants on site
    • Professional staff on site
    • 24/7 on-call campus police
    • Griffon Alert emergency notification system. Sign up today!

Resources

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Get Involved

Experience life as a Griffon and join one of our 80+ student organizations, attend concerts and speaker series, participate in intramural sports or serve in student government. Whatever your passion, you’ll find your fit here.

Check out these quick facts about Missouri Western

  • Undergraduate enrollment (Fall 2017): 5,321
  • Graduate enrollment (Fall 2017): 241
  • 59% of undergraduate students are female, 41% are male and 86% are from Missouri
  • Second lowest tuition in Missouri
  • 90% of classes have fewer than 30 students
  • Students represent 37 states and 34 countries
  • Average class size: 16
  • 86% of faculty members with terminal degree
  • Average ACT score: 21
  • Missouri Western’s graduation rate is 9% higher than its peers
  • 2017-18 degrees granted: 854
  • 16 NCAA D2 athletic teams competing in the MIAA Conference

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St. Joseph is the perfect midsize city. With so much to do in town, you’ll forget we’re only 45 minutes north of Kansas City.

Quick Facts

  • 125+ restaurants and pubs
  • 50+ retail shops
  • 26 miles of outdoor parkway
  • 40+ parks and facilities
  • Population of more than 76,000

Resources

Made with Uncommon Character: St. Joseph, MO

Parties On the Parkway

LEARN BY DOING

Victoria Byerley

Great Internships

Camile Bañez

Student Leadership

Alec Guy & Brock Ryan

Research Projects

Ida Haefner

Study Away

AJ Jones

Service Learning

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DATES AND DEADLINES

Regular deadline for admission

DEC. 1 (Spring), FEB. 1 (Fall) & MAY 1 (Summer)

Application, transcripts and test scores must be submitted

Start your FAFSA

OCT. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available on Oct. 1. We recommend all students fill out the FAFSA. Missouri Western’s FAFSA code is 002490, and our priority deadline is Feb. 1.

Competitive scholarship deadline

FEB. 1

Don’t miss the opportunity to grab those scholarship dollars!

Complete FAFSA to be eligible for scholarships

FEB. 1

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