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 living on-campus must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours (undergraduate) or 6 credit hours (graduate) to reside in University housing. If a student currently living on-campus must drop below the enrollment minimum they must complete and return the form below to Residential Life in the Commons for authorization to remain in university housing.

Minimum Housing Enrollment Waiver

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.