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Missouri Western Quick Facts

Location

  • 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

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 2015): 5,352
  • 59% of undergrads are female, 41% are male and 88% are from Missouri
  • 11% undergrad minority enrollment
  • International students: 119
  • Students represent 36 state and 36 countries
  • Graduate enrollment (Fall 2015): 219

Academic Information

  • Average class size: 16
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Freshman retention rate: 64%
  • Average ACT score: 21.2
  • Missouri Western’s retention rate is 5.7% higher than national peer universities
  • Missouri Western’s graduation rate is 3.4% higher than its peers
  • Degree programs: 77 (excludes certificates)
  • Majors: 119
  • Minors: 61
  • Academic departments/schools: 19
  • Degrees & certificates granted for 2014-15: 884 degrees and 24 certificates
  • 85% 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

  • 92% of first-time freshmen receive financial aid
  • 83% 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

  • Tuition is 3rd lowest in the state of Missouri
  • Undergraduate Tuition/Fees: $6,256/year (In-State)  |  $12,256/year (Out-of-State)
    (Based on 28 credit hours/year – 14 hours/semester)
  • Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,396.82/year (In-State)  |   $11,166.82/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
  • 155 Missouri Western athletes earned MIAA academic honors (2015)
  • 3.03 GPA – Student athlete combined GPA (2015)
  • 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 in the NFL
    • David Bass – plays for the Tennessee Titans
    • Michael Schultze – drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
    • Grant Fink – drafted by the Cleveland Indians
    • Brice Garnett – professional golfer on the PGA Tour
    • Michael Jorden – signed with the Baltimore Ravens
    • Leonard Wester – signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Student Life

  • More than 80 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, Burger Studio, Eistein Bros Bagels
  • Baker Fitness Center (take advantage of the free Zumba, yoga and strength-training classes)
  • 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
  • Named a military-friendly school (2016)
  • All-Steinway School designation
  • American Chemical Society curriculum approval
  • American Bar Association approval
  • American Board of Engineering Technology accredited
  • 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