Admissions

Military/Veteran Student

Thank you for your interest in Missouri Western State University. We are grateful for the service and sacrifices you and your family have made for our country. We want to ensure a smooth transition from your military life to college life by assisting you in any way we can. This page was designed to help with that process.

Missouri Western is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) and a 2014 Military-Friendly School. MWSU is also a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. Please note, beginning Fall 2015, all military veterans, their spouses, and their dependents will receive in-state tuition.

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Admission Requirements
FRESHMAN
For additional information on general studies requirements, recommended high school coursework or admission with conditions, please visit our Freshman Admission page.

First Time Freshman With No College Credit
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.

Required Documentation: 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 STUDENTS
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). High School Equivalence (HSE) or 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.


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


GRADUATE STUDENTS
Please visit our Graduate Student page for more information.

Transfer Credits
Missouri Western grants credit for all coursework taken from an accredited college/university, however, certain programs may have limitations on how much of that coursework will apply toward your degree at Missouri Western. Upon receipt of ALL final/official transcripts from your previous institutions, an official evaluation of your coursework will be completed and emailed to your Missouri Western email account.

Transfer Programs and Credit Guidelines
Transfer guidelines and equivalencies are available for most schools. You can use these guidelines as a reference:
  1. View Transfer Programs & Credit Guidelines
  2. Missouri Reverse Transfer Program

Transfer Students with Associate or Bachelor Degrees:
  • MWSU accepts unlimited lower division transfer hours (100-200 level) from accredited two-year colleges.
  • A transfer student who has completed an Associate of Arts degree (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT) degree, the 42-hour general education block (must be noted on the transcript or other official document), or bachelors degree from an accredited Missouri institution is considered to have satisfactorily completed MWSU's general studies requirements (some exceptions apply which will be evaluated on a course by course basis).
  • A transfer student who has completed any other degree or one outside the state of Missouri will have their courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

  • Graduation requirements which may impact a transfer student include:
    1. All students must earn a minimum of 124 credit hours (including 60 hours from a senior college in the following departments: Art; Biology; Chemistry; Communication & Journalism; Computer Science; Math & Physics; Economics, Political Science & Sociology; English & Modern Languages; History & Geography; Philosophy & Religion; Music; Psychology; Theater, Cinema & Dance.)
    2. Earn a minimum of 30 credits in upper-division coursework (300-400 level)
    3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credits at MWSU in institutional coursework

    Transfer Appeals Procedure
    Missouri Western typically accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions. However, Missouri Western does not generally accept technical or vocational credit. For concerns on whether coursework will transfer, please contact the Admissions Office at 816-271-4264.

    A student has the right to appeal a denial of transfer credit at MWSU.

    The student wishing to appeal the case at the state level must:
    1. File a written appeal with the Admissions and Graduation Committee (see Registrar's Office, Eder 102).
    2. Explain in writing the reason for the appeal.
    3. If appealing coursework from an institution not regionally accredited, must also submit course descriptions, a course syllabus and the credentials of the instructor for each class that is being appealed.

    If after all appeal steps internal to MWSU have been exhausted, transfer students can appeal to the state level committee on transfer and articulation.

    Students wishing to appeal at the state level must:
    1. Explain in writing the reason for the appeal to the committee on transfer and articulation.
      Commissioner of Higher Education
      Coordinating Board for Higher Education
      3515 Amazonas Drive
      Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Military Credits
    Air Force
    If you are a Veteran or current member of the United States Air Force, you may submit an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force, along with a copy of your DD-214. We will then review your official transcripts for evaluation of credits.

    Missouri Western is also proud to announce that we offer general education courses to complete your CCAF associates degree. Click here for more information.

    Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard
    Veterans or current members of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard may request copies of your Joint Services Transcript (JST) directly from the Operations Center. We then receive web-based official transcripts for evaluation. The transcript provides the course description, recommended credit and course level.

    All credit at the lower and upper division credit level will be transcripted. Please note we do not award credit deemed by ACE to be vocational in nature. We also note if any course work is applicable to general studies other than the physical education credit. All other coursework is entered as free electives unless the departments have recommended credit for specific courses.
    Military-Friendly Programs
    Use your military credit (e.g., CCAF, AARTS, SMART, CGI) and Missouri Western general education courses to complete your degree. Use online and/or face-to-face courses. More than 260 online courses offered.

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    Scholarships
    Veteran students may qualify for Missouri Western's automatic and competitive scholarships.

    For a full listing, visit our Scholarship page.

    Missouri Returning Heroes Act
    On August 28, 2008, the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act (Senate Bill 830) became law. This law requires Missouri state institutions to offer reduced tuition at $50 per credit hour to qualified combat duty veterans.

    For more information on program qualifications and eligibility requirements, please contact:

    MWSU Certifying Official
    Veterans Service Office
    Eder Hall, Room 103
    816.271.4507

    Using Your GI Bill
    Students at MWSU who intend to receive VA benefits should contact:

    Missouri Western Certifying Official
    Financial Aid Office
    Eder Hall, Room 103
    816.271.4507


    Click Here to Learn More about your GI Bill

    Army ROTC
    Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

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    Off Campus Resources
    The following links will provide you with additional off-campus Veteran resources.
    - Online Resiliency Training
    - Department of Veterans Affairs
    - Regional VA Office
    More Info
    For additional information, feel free to contact the Admissions Office:
    816-271-4264
    admissions@missouriwestern.edu

    Missouri Western Resources

    Students may obtain the following services from this office: certification of enrollment for educational benefits including the GI Bill; referrals for tutorial assistance; referrals for counseling for financial, personal, vocational, and academic problems; veterans work study job information; information about changes in legislative regulations which affect veterans; and information about Missouri Western procedures.

    Veterans Service Office
    Eder Hall 103
    816-271-4507
    The Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center has a Veterans Student Program Assistant who is available to act a Veteran advocate.



    Traditional & Commuter Student Center
    Eder Hall 200
    816-271-4281
    Information on completion programs, online courses, and general academic information may be obtained from the Western Institute. The Western Institute also offers a CCAF Associate Degree completion program to members of the Air National Guard.

    Western Institute
    Spratt Hall 105
    816-271-4194
    The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling to Veterans. Sessions are conducted by professional counselors.



    Counseling Center
    Eder Hall 203
    816-271-4327