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Missouri Western Quick Facts

Location

  • Main campus – St. Joseph, MO (population: over 76,000)
  • Northland campus – Kansas City, MO
  • Learning landscape – main campus located on more than 700 acres of land
  • St. Joseph: Made with Uncommon Character
    • Designated a Missouri Creative Community
    • USA Today ranks St. Joseph the 7th fastest growing economy in the nation
    • One of Expedia’s 17 places you must visit in 2017
    • 45 minutes from Kansas City, and a little over two hours to Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.
    • 48 parks, 13 museums, 12 annual festivals, 26 miles of parkway and an arts culture unlike any other

History

  • 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 2016): 5,145
  • 59% of undergrads are female, 41% are male and 88% are from Missouri
  • 11% undergrad minority enrollment
  • International students: 130
  • Students represent 35 states and 40 countries
  • Graduate enrollment (Fall 2015): 243

Academic Information

  • Average class size: 15
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Freshman retention rate: 66%
  • Average ACT score: 21
  • Missouri Western’s retention rate is 3.29% higher than national peer universities
  • Missouri Western’s graduation rate is 9.01% higher than its peers
  • Degree programs: 79 (excludes certificates)
  • Majors: 122
  • Minors: 60
  • Academic departments/schools: 22
  • Degrees & certificates granted for 2015-16: 884 degrees and 15 certificates
  • 84% of faculty members with terminal degree

Applied Learning

  • Official Applied Learning Institution of Missouri
  • Nearly 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

  • 95% of first-time freshmen receive financial aid
  • Students receive $41.5 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 over 230 competitive scholarships

Tuition

  • Tuition is 3rd lowest in the state of Missouri
  • Undergraduate Tuition/Fees: $6,842/year (In-State)  |  $13,350/year (Out-of-State)
    (Based on 30 credit hours/year – 15 hours/semester)
  • Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,559/year (In-State)  |   $11,283/year (Out-of-State)
    (Based on 18 credit hours/year – 9 hours/semester)

Athletics

  • Division – NCAA Division II
  • Conference – Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA)
  • Mascot – Max the Griffon
  • Colors – Black and Gold
  • Men’s athletics: baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, track & field (indoor & outdoor)
  • Women’s athletics: basketball, cheer, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball
  • 112 student athletes named to MIAA honor roll with 3.0 GPA or above
  • 14 Scholar-Athlete awards for 3.5+ GPA in addition to being named All-MIAA
  • Two student athelets named CoSIDA Academic All-America for outstanding achievements on the field and in the classroom
  • Griffon Softball – 2015 MIAA Conference Champs
  • Griffon Baseball – 2013 MIAA Conference Champs
  • Professional Griffons (NFL)
    • Greg Zuerlein
    • David Bass
    • Michael Jordan
    • Leonard Webster

Student Life

  • More than 80 student organizations
  • 10 Greek organizations
  • 6 residence halls (suite or apartment style options)
  • Every residence hall room has its own bathroom
  • Computer labs in every residence hall
  • Free Wi-Fi across campus, free student parking and free cable in each residence hall
  • Various food options – All-you-care-to-eat dining hall, Chick-fil-A, The Roasterie, Subway, Zoca, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Max’s Mart, POD
  • Baker Fitness Center (take advantage of the free Zumba, yoga and strength-training classes)
  • Esry Health Center located conveniently on campus
  • Expansive nature trails
  • Planetarium theater

Prestige

  • Missouri Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 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
  • All-Steinway School designation
  • American Chemical Society curriculum approval
  • American Bar Association approval
  • American Board of Engineering Technology accredited
  • 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