Missouri Western Admissions is here for you! Everyone at MWSU is dedicated to your success.

As Griffons, we use our passion, creativity and grit to succeed. Unlock your potential with hands-on learning, working side-by-side with professors and peers.

Griffon Edge 2018

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 three colleges and four schools offer four-year baccalaureate programs, professional master’s degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. Whatever your interest, we can help you achieve your dreams.

Paying for college

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) $4,121.25*† $8,081.25*†
Room and board $4,813-$6,112 $4,813-$6,112
Cost per year (most affordable option) $17,868 $25,788.50
Grant and scholarship aid $6,500§ $10,050§
*Figures subject to change
†Includes mandatory fees but NOT program or course-specific fees, which will vary per student.
‡15 credit hours per semester, Scanlon Hall double room. All Access meal plan.
§Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students who have received a grant, scholarship or waiver from any source (excluding athletics)

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 Arizona*, Arkansas, California*, Colorado, Florida*, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi*, Nebraska, Nevada*, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming? 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.

*must reside in residence halls

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

  • 94% of first-time freshmen receive financial aid
  • Students receive $21.6 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


  • 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!


Students studying on their residence hall room

Get Involved

Experience life as a Griffon and join one of our 72+ 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.

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


Made with Uncommon Character: St. Joseph, MO

Parties On the Parkway



Great Internships

Study Away

Study Abroad

Research Project

Research Projects

Service Learning

Service Learning

Leadership ROTC

Student Leadership

Darby Hay

Griffons Learn

“I think the most valuable thing that I’ve learned here at Missouri Western is that I’m not just a number.”

– Darby Hay

Nah'Ryan Reed-Crawford

Griffons Succeed

“You will not fail being here; you can only succeed because that is the main priority for faculty, staff and the school itself.”

– Nah’Ryan Reed-Crawford

Chandra Traxler

Griffons Grow

“Missouri Western is a place where you can succeed. You have professors and peers that will back you up in anything that you want to do.”

– Chandra Traxler