Each applicant’s file will be reviewed using the following standards:


Applicants who demonstrate a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA will be eligible for regular admission to the University.

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

  • 18-20 ACT (960-1050 SAT) AND 2.0 GPA or higher

Please Note: ACT or SAT test scores are not required for admission to Missouri Western. All students seeking to major in Education or Sport Management will be required to provide ACT or SAT scores to be considered for those programs. ACT/SAT scores may also be used for course placement and scholarship consideration.


Applicants who meet one of the following criteria will be granted automatic, regular admission to the University:

  • High school graduate with 2.0 GPA or higher
  • 75 HiSET or higher
  • 680 GED or higher (no sub score lower than 150)
  • 21 ACT (1060 SAT*) or higher

*If you took the SAT before March 2016, the score for admission is based on the sum of evidence-based reading, writing and math.


Freshman applicants who don’t meet the automatic admission guidelines may be admitted as a Griffon Pathways student. The Griffon Pathways program is designed to help students strengthen academic skills needed for success at Missouri Western.

Griffon Pathways students will receive specialized advising during Griffon Orientation, free tutoring, and multiple check-ins from staff. They will also be invited to attend Griffon Pathways events throughout their first semester.

For general questions about the program, contact Derek Evans, Academic Advisor and Griffon Pathways program coordinator.

Telephone – 816-271-5993

Email – devans4@missouriwestern.edu


Missouri Western uses the “superscore” method to evaluate the ACT scores of incoming freshmen for admission and scholarship offers. The superscore takes the best score from each section of the ACT, regardless of test date. This means Missouri Western will determine a student’s composite score using the highest section scores, such as English and math from September and reading and science from February.

Admission may be withheld for certain non-academic factors including but limited to certain criminal convictions. Please contact admissions@missouriwestern.edu for more information.

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