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 2019-2020 estimated cost* for two semesters (nine months)

12 credit hours
9 credit hours
Tuition and fees*
$13,400 $13,700
Room and meals** $9,300 $11,000
Health Insurance $1,200 $1,200
Textbooks/Personal Expenses $2,200 $2,200
Orientation Fee (one time)
$80 $80
TOTAL (per academic year) $26,180 $28,180
*These costs are for the 2019-20 academic year based on two semesters (9 months).
** Costs based on Scanlon Hall (Bachelor’s) or Griffon Hall (Master’s) and the All Access meal plan (21 meals each week). 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

The Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that renews and grows each year! It is available for new international undergraduate students.

The Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship is different from other scholarships. It starts with an initial award ranging from $500 to $6,000 that automatically renews and grows each year as long as you remain enrolled full-time, meet the hours completed requirement and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA). That could mean up to $28,500 toward your education!

How it works: Awards are decided on the basis of your GPA as calculated by our international admissions team. Because Missouri Western recognizes that U.S. standardized testing is not equally available in all parts of the world, there is no SAT or ACT required for the Global Griffon Guarantee Scholarship (or admission).

After receiving your initial award, you would receive a $1,000 per year increase at the completion of 30 credits (usually 1 year). You would receive an additional $500 increase at 60 and a final $500 increase at 90 credits. And the best part is that you are not at risk of losing your scholarship as long as you maintain a 2.0 GPA at Missouri Western State University.

There is no extra application for the GGGS. All awards will be made with your acceptance letter.


Missouri Western State University believes that talented students from around the world deserve access to higher education. In that spirit, The International Griffon Scholar Award (IGSA) is a competitive, full tuition, room, board, and fees scholarship for an outstanding international student with significant financial need. Applicants for the IGSA will be considered without the usual $50 application fee.

In addition to the regular admissions application, applicants will also be required to complete an IGSA application (available here December 9, 2019). Applicants are also welcome to submit any additional information that they feel would be useful to the Scholarship Committee. All applicants with the equivalent of a 3.8 U.S. GPA will be considered by the committee. No SAT or ACT scores are required.

While the IGSA covers most educational costs, not all expenses are covered (airfare, personal clothing, etc.). The selected student would be expected to contribute at least $2,000 per year to their education.

The IGSA Application will be available on this page December 9.

All applications must be complete with required documents by March 15 of the year of intended entry (or the following Monday if the 15th is on a weekend).

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

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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

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