International students are an important and integral part of the University. With small classes and many opportunities for involvement on campus, international students have the chance to intimately learn about American culture. The International Center helps international students with information about immigration issues, provides support for academic and cultural adjustment, and offers opportunities for involvement in the University community.

Find Your Passion

Whatever your passion, Missouri Western help you achieve your dreams. Our six colleges and schools offer more than 120 majors and 60 minors, including four-year baccalaureate programs, professional master’s degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. In addition, the Western Institute offers continuing education courses, seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community. Whatever your interest, we can help you achieve your dreams.

Paying for college

We have the third lowest tuition in Missouri, and we’re proud of it! You’ll notice that Missouri Western does not shy away from talking about cost, because we are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience at an affordable price.

The 2018-2019 estimated cost* for two semesters (nine months)

15 credit hours
9 credit hours
Tuition and fees
$13,500 $11,520
Room and meals** $8,400 $10,650
Health Insurance $1,100 $1,100
Books/Personal Expenses $2,000 $2,000
Orientation Fee (one time)
$80 $80
TOTAL $25,080 $25,350
* Subject to change by University official action. These figures are used for I-20 documentation. Cost may increase 2-3 percent. Additional program fees may apply.
** Costs based on Scanlon Hall (Bachelor’s) or Griffon Hall (Master’s) and 21 meals per week – All Access. Additional costs not included: airfare, travel, bedding, social events, clothes, summer term tuition and/or living expenses, etc.

Complete Tuition & Fee Breakdowns
Housing Costs & Meal Plan Options

International Excellence Scholarships

Bachelor/Undergraduate Admit GPA Renewable (up to 4 yrs.) Renewable GPA Amount
Global Achievement admit no one time $500
Global Griffon 2.75 yes 2.75 $2,000

With appropriate ACT/SAT score and high school GPA, freshman students are also eligible for the following additional scholarships:

Automatic/Undergraduate ACT/SAT* Admit GPA Renewable GPA Amount Per Year
President’s 26/1230 3.50 3.50 $3,000
Governors’ 23/1130 3.30 3.00 $2,600
20/1030 3.00 3.00 $1,000

*ACT composite or SAT Critical Reading and Math scores
Students should be admitted by July 1 to be considered for automatic scholarships
Students can only receive one of the following scholarships: President’s, Governors’, Deans’

Master/Graduate Admit GPA Renewable (up to 2 yrs.) Renewable GPA Amount
Global Achievement admit no one time $500
Global Griffon 3.00 yes 2.75 $2,000

Transfer Scholarships

Competitive Hours GPA Renewable GPA Amount Per Year
Griffon Scholar
42 3.50 3.50 $5,000
Automatic Hours GPA Renewable GPA Amount Per Year
President’s 24 3.50 3.50 $2,500
Governors’ 24 3.30 3.30 $1,500
24 3.00 3.00 $1,000

English language proficiency requirements

Bachelor’s Master’s
TOEFL iBT 72 79
IELTS 5.5 6.0
Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) 44 53
Duolingo English Test (DET) 40 50
iTEP 3.7 3.9

TOEFL school code: 6625

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Welcome Home, Griffons!

Fall in love with your home away from home, where you will do more than study and sleep. You will make lifelong friends and grow in all aspects of your life.

Residence Halls

  • We offer six residence halls including suite-style and apartment-style options.
  • University policy requires freshmen or first year students to live on campus. International transfer undergraduates (students who have began college or university) and graduate/master students are strongly urged to live on-campus, but it is not required.

On-campus Dining

  • Dining Options
    • Whether you want to have lunch in our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, or grab a quick bite from Starbucks, our on-campus dining options will have something you’ll love. View all of our dining options
  • Meal Plans


  • Your safety is our top priority. To ensure your safety, we offer:
    • Hall and room secure keycard access
    • Resident assistants on site
    • Professional staff on site
    • 24/7 on-call campus police
    • Griffon Alert emergency notification system. Sign up today!


Get Involved

Experience student life as a Griffon and join one of our 80+ student organizations, attend concerts and speaker series, participate in intramural sports or serve in student government. Whatever your passion, you’ll find your fit here.

St. Joseph is the perfect midsize city. With so much to do in town, you’ll forget we’re only 45 minutes north of Kansas City.

Quick Facts

  • 125+ restaurants and pubs
  • 50+ retail shops
  • 26 miles of outdoor parkway
  • 40+ parks and facilities
  • Population of more than 76,000


Made with Uncommon Character: St. Joseph, MO

Parties On the Parkway

Griffon experiences

At Missouri Western, you’ll experience hands-on opportunities that will shape your education both in and out of the classroom. You will become well-equipped for the career you want. Missouri Western graduates have been hired on at big-name companies including Apple, National Geographic, Cerner Corporation and more.

Academic Research
Class projects in your chosen field of study; opportunities for research with faculty members; and available funding for presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. From our AACSB accredited Craig School of Business to our state-of-the-art science labs, you will gain the hands-on experience you need to enter a successful career.

Employment and work opportunities in your chosen field of study with CPT and/or OPT F-1 visa benefits.

Leadership Opportunities
Student Government Association, Honors Society, international student organizations and many more.

Service Learning
Multinational Health Fair and local YWCA, student-run Campus Cupboard, Griffs Give Back and other volunteer opportunities.

On-campus Programs and Employment
Meet the World, International Education Fair, Global Food Tasting, Holi, Mid-Autumn Festival, Diwali and more.

Meet Our Students

Darshan Rajashekar


Bingxin Song


Ibrahim Al-Qahtani


Rubi Ullak


Caleb Poku


Upcoming Events

Focus Group

Focus Group Meeting

October 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Friday, repeating until November 15, 2019

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Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Curving

October 19 @ 12:30 pm

Tea & Talk Event

Tea & Talk

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One event on October 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One event on November 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Focus Group

Focus Group Meeting

October 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Friday, repeating until November 15, 2019

Indian Mango Lassi

International Cooking Class

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on October 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on November 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Focus Group

Focus Group Meeting

November 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Friday, repeating until November 15, 2019

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