Residential Life

First-Year Students


Why not make the most of your college experience by living on campus?  Whether you’re an incoming freshman, transfer student or current student, we’ve got a number of opportunities and programs to meet your interests and lifestyle needs. Make the most of your time at Missouri Western. Live on campus and get connected to campus life.


On-Campus Eligibility

Students are required to maintain enrollment of 12* credit hours (undergraduate) and 6 credit hours (graduate) to reside in University housing.

*Starting fall of 2015


First Year Requirement

To enhance academic success, Missouri Western requires first year students who have not previously attended this University and are taking 12 or more credit hours to reside in University housing their first two semesters unless they meet at least one of the following criteria for exception:

  • Are living with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of St Joseph as determined by MapQuest (Parent signature needs to be notarized)
  • 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 reside with dependent children

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.

Please submit a First Year Requirement Waiver if you meet any of the above exemption criteria. These forms are available in the Residential Life office (Commons Building) or by downloading the form from this site.



All MWSU students residing in the residence halls are required to provide a completed Health History Form, the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form and Immunization Documentation Form. The deadline for the completion is June 1st before “The Big R” or registration and orientation. These forms are to be completed before being allowed to move into the residence halls. Students must submit proof of these immunizations and tests to the Esry Student Health Center.

Students who do not have the immunizations and tests, nor a completed Health History Form, or do not present an appropriately documented and signed medical or religious exemption form, will be denied housing and or forced to vacate the residence halls. For questions and a current list of required immunizations and tests please contact the Esry Student Health Center at 816–271-4495.