Admissions

Requirements

General Studies
To be regularly admitted into our General Studies program, students must have the following ACT subscores:

19 English ACT subscore
19 Reading ACT subscore
20 Mathematics ACT subscore

Students who do not meet these guidelines must complete developmental coursework their first semester and continue taking these courses until their General Studies English and mathematics requirements are met.
First-time Freshman
Automatic Admission
Automatic, full-time admission will be granted to first-time students who meet the following criteria:

ACT of 21 or higher OR
SAT of 980* or higher OR
3.50 High School GPA on a 4.0 Scale

Applicants who don't meet the above automatic criteria may be granted regular admission if they meet the requirements in the following sliding scale:

20 or 19 ACT (940 or 900 SAT*) AND 2.30 GPA
18 or 17 ACT (860 or 810 SAT*) AND 2.50 GPA
16 or 15 ACT (760 or 710 SAT*) AND 2.70 GPA
* SAT based on sum of math and critical reading scores

NOTE: The ACT/SAT requirement is waived for students age 20 and older.

Each student's academic record will be reviewed at the time of admission. Students who fall below the above requirements may be admitted with additional conditions placed on their admission based on their previous academic record. These conditions may include (but are not limited to): limited course selection, part-time enrollment, and restrictions on when a student may be allowed to register. Students who are admitted with these conditions have the right to request an individual review of their unique situation. These students must provide additional information that demonstrates their potential for academic success at MWSU which will be outlined in their decision letter.

High School Coursework Recommended
It is strongly recommended that students complete the following coursework in high school to maximize their success at Missouri Western:

English/Language Arts - 4 units
Social Studies - 3 units
Mathematics - 4 units*
Science - 3 units
Fine Arts - 1 unit
Additional Coursework - 3 units **
Electives - 6 units

* At least one mathematics course should be taken each year. It is particularly important that students take a mathematics course in grade 12.

** Missouri public high school students are required by the State Board of Education to complete units in practical arts (1), physical education (1), health education (1/2), and personal finance (1/2)

Documentation Required
The following documentation is necessary to complete your admissions file to enroll at a New Student Registration Program.

  1. Completed Application for Admission
  2. Official ACT Results sent directly from your high school or ACT (Missouri Western's ACT code is 2344). Not required for students age 20 and older, however additional placement tests in math, English and reading may be necessary without ACT scores on file.
  3. High School Transcript or Homeschooled Transcript with a minimum of six semesters of work (a final copy is necessary after graduation). GED students should request an official copy of their results from the Department of Education - Secondary Education (DESE).
  4. College Transcripts for any college credit or high school classes taken for college credit. Transcript must be sent from college/university that credit is granted through.
Transfer Student
Transfer students are held to the same academic standards as our current students. Any student with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA for all coursework attempted at all previous colleges/universities will be evaluated according to the Table of Academic Standards in the University Catalog to see if they are admissible.

Transfer students with LESS THAN 24 hours of college credit: The following documentation is necessary to complete your admissions file to enroll at a New Student Registration Program.

  1. Completed Application for Admission
  2. Official ACT Results sent directly from your high school or ACT (Missouri Western's ACT code is 2344). Not required for students age 20 and older, however additional placement tests in math, English and reading may be necessary without ACT scores on file.
  3. High School Transcript or Homeschooled Transcript with a minimum of six semesters of work (a final copy is necessary after graduation). GED students should request an official copy of their results from the Department of Education - Secondary Education (DESE).
  4. Official and Complete College Transcripts for any college credit or high school classes taken for college credit. Transcript must be sent from college/university that credit is granted through.

Transfer students with 24 hours of college credit or more: The following documentation is necessary to complete your admissions file to enroll at a New Student Registration Program.
  1. Completed Application for Admission
  2. Official and Complete College Transcripts for any college credit or high school classes taken for college credit. Transcript must be sent from college/university that credit is granted through.
Transfer Student - Academic Notes
Transfer students who have completed an associate’s degree from an accredited Missouri institution are considered to have satisfactorily completed MWSU’s general studies requirements (some exceptions apply which will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis). Transfer students who have completed an associate’s degree outside the state of Missouri will have their courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

MWSU accepts unlimited lower division transfer hours (100-200 level) from accredited two-year colleges.

Graduation requirements which may impact a transfer student include:
  • Earn a minimum of 124 credits, including 60 hours from a senior college
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits in upper-division coursework (300-400 level)
  • Earn 30 of the last 45 credits at MWSU in institutional coursework
Refer to Missouri Western's transfer credit equivalencies and guidelines.

MWSU adheres to the guidelines of the Missouri Articulation Agreement. Transfer course work is evaluated and awarded on the same basis as credit awarded at MWSU. Consequently, criteria used to evaluate currently enrolled MWSU students is equally applicable to transfer students. Applicants who are considering transferring to MWSU may refer to the Table of Academic Standards contained in the University Catalogto determine their academic status for transfer admission purposes.
International Student
Please refer to the International Student Services website for detailed admissions requirements.
Returning Student
Re-admit students are held to the same academic standards as our current students. Any student with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA for ALL coursework attempted at ALL previous colleges/universities will be evaluated according to the Table of Academic Standards in the University Catalog to see if they are admissible.

Re-admit Students are students that previously attended MWSU and have "sat out" for at least one semester (i.e. it has been at least one semester since they last took classes). Re-admit students must complete an application for admission to re-activate their file.

The Process
To be re-admitted to MWSU, students must provide:
  1. Completed application for admission.
  2. Transcripts from all colleges attended since the last time you attended MWSU.

What to Expect
Once your application is received, the Office of Admissions will pull your previous records and process your file. Once processed, you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail with additional details on how to register for classes.

Special Notes
  • Re-admit students must have all outstanding balances paid before they will be allowed to register for classes.
  • Students who have had Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP) issues must contact the Financial Aid Office at 816-271-4361 prior to enrolling for classes.
Non-Degree Seeking Student
This category is for the student who is not seeking a degree or certificate at MWSU.

Things you should know:
  1. Students under suspension are ineligible to be admitted under this category. Additionally, a student will not be permitted to switch to a non-degree seeking status to avoid penalties imposed by the University.
  2. Students admitted under this category who later decide to seek a degree at MWSU must re-apply for admission in the appropriate admission category and provide all necessary admissions documents.
  3. All applicable credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied towards graduation should you change to a degree-seeking student.
  4. Students who apply and are admitted as a non-degree seeking student are not eligible for financial assistance through the University.

Self-Enrichment Documents Needed
To be admitted in this category, applicants must provide:
  1. Completed application for admission.

Visiting High School Student Documents Needed Students currently enrolled in high school who are seeking admittance to MWSU on a part-time basis concurrent with high school attendance must provide:
  1. Completed application for admission.
  2. Letter of permission from the high school counselor or principal (required each semester prior to enrollment).

Visiting College Student Documents Needed
Students who are attending another college or university and wish to take courses at Missouri Western and then transfer the MWSU course work to the parent institution for degree applicability must provide:
  1. Completed application for admission.
  2. Letter of Good Standing from the parent institution which reflects the student is academically eligible.