It’s not too late!
Let us help you become a Griffon!

We know the last several months have been challenging. The Missouri Western family is here to walk you through the process and set you on a course to a successful future as a Griffon. Staff members from: Admissions, Financial Aid, Business Office, Registrar, Academic Advising, Parking and Student ID, and Placement Exams will be on hand to make this a seamless process.

August 4 – Express Griffon Orientation (GO)
for Incoming Freshmen

August 5 and 6 – Open registration for all students
(freshmen, returning, transfer, non-traditional)

Location: Our staff will greet you in the main lobby of Eder Hall. Parking is located in the Lot A circle drive or Lot B

What can I do before I arrive?

Placement in math, reading, and writing courses at Missouri Western is determined by ACT/SAT sub-scores. Depending on your scores, you may be required to take development courses before completing your general education requirements in these areas.

If you have not taken the ACT/SAT, or if you are unsatisfied with your ACT/SAT score placement, we encourage you to consider taking placement exams. Placement exams are available for math, reading and writing.

The Reading Placement Exam will be offered August 4, 5 and 6 at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm in the Center for Academic Support, Hearnes 213.  The Writing Placement Exam will be offered these three days at Noon in Spratt 205.  The Math Placement Exam can be completed online.

Missouri Western State University requires all students to submit a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire

Students living on campus are required to submit:

  1. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire AND
  2. Meningococcal Immunization (MCV4 or MPSV4) documentation (given at 16 years of age or older) or if applicablesigned waiver that indicates you have medical or religious exemption from the meningococcal immunization OR
  3. Other official immunization records from the Health Department, a physician’s office, hospital or school.

Additionally, students who have ever had a positive tuberculin skin test, must submit a physician signed chest x-ray report with their health and immunizations records, prior to move-in to confirm the absence of active disease.

Prior to moving in, all documentation must be submitted by:

  • Mail: Esry Student Health Center, 4525 Downs Drive – Blum Union 203, St. Joseph, MO 64507 OR
  • Fax: (816) 271-4498 OR
  • Email:

Parking is available for both residential and commuter students. Staff from University Police will be on-hand at walk-in registration for you to register your vehicle.

Staff from University Police will be on-hand at walk-in registration for you to get your Student ID.

The Griffon Alert system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the Missouri Western campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency or campus closure due to weather. The system is designed for students, staff and faculty only, but each student may add additional emails and phone numbers for family members who wish to receive alerts.

Sign-up for Griffon Alert

Be sure to purchase or rent your textbooks at the Missouri Western Bookstore before classes begin. Professors will expect you to have them on the first day of class, and may even assign reading.

Confused about the book-buying process? Learn more about the bookstore, discounts, applying book vouchers, and more in this presentation, or view this video to see how to order your books online.

Students with disabilities who encountered barriers to equal access and inclusion while attending high school may encounter similar barriers in the college environment as well. If you are a student with a disability who is anticipating barriers to full participation in the Griffon Orientation online module or live session,  contact the Accessibility Resource Center to request accommodations.

COVID-19 Precautions

Your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. In order to keep you and our other visitors safe, Missouri Western staff will be wearing masks during registration and we ask that you wear one as well. If you are unable to bring a mask, disposable masks will be available for our Admissions visitors. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a health concern, please let us know.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms : Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever above 100.4, chills, repeated shaking with chills, runny nose or new sinus congestion, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, new gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste or smell, please call our office and we will work to accommodate your registration via phone and/or online.

Dates to Know:

  • August 4 – Express Griffon Orientation (for incoming Freshmen) – Sign up here.

  • August 5-6 – Walk-in Registration

  • August 13 – 15 – Griffon Edge

  • August 17 – First Day of Classes

Useful Links:

Website |(816) 271-4266

Business Office
Website | (816) 271-4324

Campus Dining
Website | (816) 271-4426

Financial Aid
Website | (816) 271-4361

Parking and Security
Website | (816) 271-5666

Residential Life
Website | (816) 383-7100