Before Registration

At Registration, you will receive materials and information that will be very helpful in getting you acquainted with our campus and the people that are here to help you be academically successful. Here are some things that you can do now to prepare for your orientation session.

Activate Your GoldLink Account

IT Services provides all students with a Goldlink username and password. You may activate and manage your Goldlink account at any time after you are admitted.

Sign Up for a New Student Registration Session

Sign up for a New Student Registration (NSR) program
  • Sign into Goldlink
  • Click on the Student Academic tab within your Goldlink account.
  • Click on Sign up for New Student Registration under the New Griffons section.
Submit Your Immunization Records

Submit your health and immunization paperwork
Deadline (for students attending in the spring or fall)Before you move into the residence halls
  • Sign into Goldlink
  • Click on the Student Life tab within your Goldlink account
  • Click on Esry Student Health Center under the Health and Wellness section
Take Placement Exams (Optional)

Completing placement exams may allow you to take a higher level course during your first semester than your ACT/SAT scores would normally allow. It's also a good way to prepare for courses prior to the fall semester.

Placement Exam Schedule: You will take your exam on the day of your registration program.

Writing - 10:30 a.m. - Blum 234 (Jr College Room)
Reading - 11:45 a.m. - Murphy 101
Math - 3:00 p.m. - Popplewell 109
Foreign Languages - 3:30 p.m. - Murphy 107

Complete the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students attending in the springComplete now
Students attending in the fall - Application opens January 1; Priority deadline is March 1
  • Apply for a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education
  • Complete the FAFSA at
  • Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy
  • Complete verification (only if requested by Missouri Western)
Missouri Western’s FAFSA code: 002490
Note: Detailed FAFSA information can also be found in your acceptance packet that you received by mail).

For additional information about financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Finalize Your Housing Contract

To enhance academic success, Missouri Western requires first-year students who have not previously attended this University and are taking 9 or more credit hours to reside in University housing their first two semesters unless they meet at least one of the following criteria:

- Are living with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of St Joseph
- Are 21 years of age by the beginning of the academic year for which they are enrolling
- Are a military veteran
- Have completed more than 30 credit hours (not including high school classes taken for college credit)
- Are married and or who reside with dependent children

NOTE: Please submit a First Year Requirement Waiver if you meet any of the exemption criteria. These forms are also available through your Goldlink account.

Students attending in the spring or fall - Missouri Western begins accepting applications on November 1
Students need to apply for housing as soon as possible. Students will be required to pay a $100 housing deposit when submitting a housing application. No housing deposit waivers are allowed. You can apply for housing by following these instructions:
  • Sign into Goldlink
  • Click on the Financial Aid and Billing tab within your Goldlink account
  • Click on Apply for Competitive Scholarships under the Financial Aid section
All first year students must have either a housing contract or a granted waiver request on file with the Office of Residential Life. Failure to have a granted housing waiver on file will result in a room charge being placed on the student’s account. Click here for additional information about Living On Campus.

Arrange for Special Accommodations

We want your Registration to be as stress-free as possible. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable. After all, you are now part of the Missouri Western State University family.

Office of Admissions
Phone: 816.271.4266

Send AP Test Scores

AP exam scores may exempt you from certain course requirements. It is possible that you indicated on your AP exam paperwork that you wanted your results to be sent to Missouri Western State University.

Send AP Scores to the Registrar’s Office:
Missouri Western State University
Registrar’s Office, Eder Hall 102
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, Missouri 64507

Phone: 816.271.4211
Fax: 816.271.4229

Submit Your Final High School Transcripts

Request that your high school principal or counselor submit your final, official high school transcript showing class rank, cumulative grade point average, and courses taken. These scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816.271.4266
Fax: 816.271.5833