Missouri Western Quick Facts

  • Main campus – St. Joseph, MO (population: over 77,000)
  • Northland campus & MCC-Penn Valley campus – Kansas City, MO
  • Learning landscape – main campus located on more than 700 acres of land
  • St. Joseph is not your average college town
    • Named Missouri Creative Community and one of the “100 best communities for young people”
    • USA Today ranks St. Joseph the 7th fastest growing economy in the nation
    • 45 minutes from Kansas City, and a little over two hours to Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.
    • 48 park, 50 historic sites, hundreds of places to eat, work and play
  • 1915 – Founded as St. Joseph Junior College
  • 1969 – Transformed into a four-year college
  • 1977 – Became a full member of the State of Missouri system
  • 2005 – Received university designation and changed it’s name to Missouri Western State University
  • 2015 – Missouri Western celebrates is centennial year
Enrollment Information
  • Undergraduate enrollment (Fall 2014): 5,742
  • 58% of undergrads are female, 42% are male and 90% are from Missouri
  • 14% undergrad minority enrollment
  • International students: 130
  • Students represent 40 state and 37 countries
  • Graduate enrollment (Fall 2014): 210
Academic Information
  • Average class size: 25
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Freshman retention rate: 61%
  • Average ACT score: 21.3
  • Missouri Western’s retention rate is 6% higher than national peer universities
  • Missouri Western’s graduation rate is over twice as high (14% higher) as its peers
  • Degree programs: 83
  • Majors: 118
  • Minors: 58
  • Academic departments/schools: 19
  • Degrees & certificates granted for 2013-14: 930
  • Early-admittance programs to medical schools: 4
  • 97% career placement rate
  • 94% of faculty members with terminal degree
  • 83% of funding used to support students and student instruction (the highest percentage of budget dedicated directly to serving students out of all of the public institutions in the state)
Applied Learning
  • Official Applied Learning Institution of Missouri
  • 100% of graduates engaged in at least one applied learning experience
  • More than 120,000 hours of community service completed by Missouri Western students
Financial Aid
  • 96% of first-time freshmen receive financial aid
  • 87% of all students receive financial aid (more than $47 million each year)
  • Qualified students are eligible to pay in-state tuition through unique in-state tuition programs
  • Missouri Western offers automatic merit-based scholarships and over 230 competitive scholarships
  • Tuition is 3rd lowest in the state of Missouri
  • Undergraduate Tuition/Fees: $6,257/year (In-State)  |  $12,004/year (Out-of-State)
    (Based on 28 credit hours/year – 14 hours/semester)
  • Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,010.18/year (In-State)  |   $10,578.58/year (Out-of-State)
    (Based on 18 credit hours/year – 9 hours/semester)
  • Division – NCAA Division II
  • Conference – Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA)
  • Mascot – Max the Griffon
  • Colors – Black and Gold
  • Men’s athletics: baseball, basketball, football, golf
  • Women’s athletics: basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball
  • 117 Missouri Western athletes earned MIAA academic honors (2014)
  • Griffon Baseball – 2013 MIAA Conference Champs
  • Griffon Softball – 2014 MIAA Conference Champs
  • Professional Griffons
    • Greg Zuerlein – starting kicker for the St. Louis Rams
    • Michael Hill – plays for the Washington Redskins
    • David Bass – plays for the Chicago Bears
    • Michael Schultze – drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
    • Grant Fink – drafted by the Cleveland Indians
    • Brice Garnett – professional golfer on the PGA Tour
Student Life
  • Nearly 100 student organizations
  • 9 Greek organizations
  • 7 residence halls (suite or apartment style options)
  • Every residence hall room has its own bathroom
  • Computer labs in every residence hall and free Wi-fi
  • Various food options – Blum Union, Java City, Subway, W.O.K. Chinese, Burger Studio, Eistein Bros Bagels
  • Baker Fitness Center (take advantage of the free Zumba, yoga and strength-training classes)
  • Expansive nature trails
  • Planetarium theater
  • 1 of 15 in the nation to hold these prestigious accreditations: American Bar Association, American Board of Engineering Technology, American Association for Collegiate Schools of Business, All-Steinway designation
  • Missouri Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is an AQIP Participant.
  • Missouri Western has met and exceeded all five targets set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education in its performance funding model.
  • More than 28,000 alumni all over the world
  • Named a military-friendly school (2014)
  • 48,754 square foot University library holds approximately 226,000 volumes, 1,150 journals, state government documents & over 70 electronic databases.
  • Recently launched a significant campus-wide efficiency project to reduce energy consumption and decrease its carbon footprint while making a significant improvement to the learning environment
  • Home to the prestigious Steven L. Craig School of Business
    • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    • Offers applied entrepreneurship class where students compete to own a business
    • Houses the Center for Entrepreneurship which trains, mentors and supports area business owners and entrepreneurs