Missouri Western State University

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Griffons give back through more than 120,000 hours of community service.

At a Glance

5,352 Undergraduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Average class size: 16


Average Class Size

119 majors and 61 minors

119 & 61

Majors & Minors

3rd Lowest Tuition in Missouri


Lowest Tuition in Missouri

92% Freshmen receive Aid


Freshmen Receive Aid

15:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Missouri's official applied learning university

Griffons land great internships, turn ideas into actions and lead the pack

As Missouri’s official applied learning university, it is our mission to ensure our students achieve excellence in the classroom and beyond. Applied learning possibilities are woven into the heart of the University and shape your education by allowing you to engage with the St. Joseph region and the world. You have the opportunity to learn by doing through our five Missouri Western experiences:


Research Projects

Study Abroad

Service Learning

Leadership Opportunities


Internships enhance your education by allowing you to experience real-world possibilities. An internship lets you get an insider’s view of your chosen field and gain important professional contacts.

See what opportunities await!

The Career Development Center helps you pursue the internship of your dreams (and much more). Our trained staff will help you explore career options, build your résumé and practice interviewing.

Students have gained career experience at these incredible organizations:

  • American Family Insurance
  • Apple
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Google
  • Hallmark
  • Kansas City Comets
  • Mayo Clinic
  • NASA
  • National Geographic
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Sporting KC
  • The Kansas City Chiefs
  • TOMS Shoes
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Senate
  • Union Station
  • Worlds of Fun

Research Projects

At Missouri Western, your opportunities to engage in research start early in your undergraduate studies. You work beside your professors on real research projects, something other schools reserve for graduate students.

Each semester you will have the opportunity to present your projects at the Multidisciplinary Research Day, where you can share your results with a vast audience. This event also provides a chance for you to explore research in a variety of disciplines.

You can choose to participate in research over the fall, spring or summer semesters, and some positions are paid!

Our Students

  • Worked with the Centers for Disease Control on a newly discovered virus
  • Received a $1 million grant for undergraduate synthetic biology research
  • Created and produced a local commercial that was aired during the Super Bowl
  • Created strategic business plans, and were awarded franchises
  • Presented research for the National Science Foundation
  • Presented research at the National American Chemical Society Conference
  • Presented research at international conferences in Greece, Belize and many more
  • Published undergraduate research

Study Abroad

Your classroom can go beyond our campus in St. Joseph when you turn your education into an international adventure! The study abroad experience provides an extraordinary opportunity for you to study in a different environment and gain first-hand exposure to other countries, cultures and societies. (And still graduate on time!)

Real-life student adventures:

  • Discuss art with painters in France
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Greece
  • See a classical play in England
  • Study legal aid in India
  • Practice nursing in Honduras
  • Present research in Malta
  • Snorkel in Belize
  • Walk alongside the reflecting pool at the Taj Mahal

Students have studied and explored in the following countries (just to name a few):

  • Belize
  • China
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Spain

Endless possibilities

Go wherever you want! We work with institutions all over the world to ensure you can study in the country you desire. Missouri Western also has exchange agreements with nine universities in six countries. Participation in one of Missouri Western’s international exchange programs will provide you with the most-affordable way to study abroad.

Service Learning

Your possibilities to give back through service learning are a fundamental part of the success of local businesses, community services and nonprofit organizations. Service learning is included in classes whenever possible. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran volunteer, Missouri Western provides opportunities to match your service interest.

Go on an alternative spring break trip!

Travel to communities such as New Orleans and St. Louis to volunteer during spring break! While on the service trip, volunteer at local schools, nursing homes, animal shelters and many other community organizations.

Students have made a difference all over our community. Here is a sampling of the organizations:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • InterServ
  • Junior League
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank
  • United Way
  • YMCA
  • Youth Alliance

Leadership Opportunities

No matter what your interests, Missouri Western has a leadership possibility for you. Our students graduate with the desire and ability to work within diverse communities of people. At Missouri Western, students understand that leadership isn’t a class or a one-time event, but a lifetime commitment.

How do I get started?

Get involved. During your first week of classes, come to the Western Warm-Up festival at the Griffon Plaza. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the student organizations on campus. We want you to find organizations that interest you. When you join a club or organization that sparks your interest, a passion develops and a leader is born.

Missouri Western leadership opportunities:

  • Leadership Lexicon
  • ROTC
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Honor Societies
  • Student Government Association
  • Greek Leadership Academy
  • Western Activities Council
  • Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
  • President’s Leadership Council

Landing a top job means gaining professional experience in your field. At Missouri Western, your possibilities are endless! We focus on providing the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for you to reach your goals, all at an affordable cost. That’s why nearly 100 percent of our graduates participate in at least one Missouri Western experience.

Victoria Byerley

Victoria Byerley


Manteno, Illinois


Business administration with a concentration in marketing


Pricing strategy and analytics intern at Disney World

Brock Couch

Brock Couch


Greensburg, Missouri


Biology with a concentration in zoology and wildlife conservation


Presented research at an international conference

Lauren Prywitch

Lauren Prywitch


St. Louis, Missouri


Communications with a concentration in Public Relations


Boston Red Sox Radio, Entercom Communications

Ida Haefner

Ida Haefner


Hillsboro, Missouri


Biology with a concentration in zoology


Studied wildlife in Belize


119 Majors and 61 Minors

Why Missouri Western

Build your résumé and gain career experience at Missouri’s official applied learning university. At Missouri Western, you have the opportunity to compete to own your own franchise, such as a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; work with professional scientists to make new discoveries; be a student leader as early as your sophomore year; and much more!


Missouri Western has what you’re looking for. At Missouri Western you will experience state-of-the-art facilities and classrooms, small class sizes, a robust campus life with nearly 100 organizations to join, NCAA Division II athletics and much more!



Missouri Western offers 10 different locations to grab something to eat, including an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall.



Each residence hall offers a computer lab for residents to use. An added bonus... cable and Wi-Fi are free!

Health Center

Health Center

Esry Health Center is located conveniently on campus and is available to all Missouri Western students.

Student Union

Student Union

Grab a cup of coffee at Java City or take advantage of the study lounges, food court, computer labs and bookstore.


Costs Per Year*

Tuition & Fees

In-State - $6,256
Out-of-State - $12,256
(14 credit hours/semester)

Room & Board

$7,834 - $10,758
(pricing varies depending on housing selection and meal plan)

Most-Affordable Cost

In-State - $14,090
Out-of-State - $20,090

*Subject to change
Pay In-State Rates!


Home Away From Home

There is always something to do
at Missouri Western State University.

7 residence halls, suite or apartment style options

Every suite has its very own bathroom 

Home Away From Home

Griffons live and play on campus!

Our Residence Halls

Griffon Hall

Griffon Hall is a coed, suite-style building that houses sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Scanlon Hall

Scanlon Hall is a coed building that houses first-time, first-year students on the first through third floors with the fourth floor being open for all students, freshman through graduate. Programming and activities are geared with first-year students in mind.

Leaverton Hall and Vaselakos Hall

Leaverton Hall and Vaselakos Hall are coed, suite-style buildings that house first-year, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Leaverton offers housing for our student athletes. Vaselakos offers a music/liberal arts wing, international community wing and honors wing.

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Logan Hall, Beshears Hall and Juda Hall

Logan Hall, Beshears Hall, and Juda Hall are coed, suite-style buildings that house sophomores, juniors and seniors. Juda Hall also houses the Greek Village.

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This is Griffon Country

This is Griffon Country

Missouri Western TRADITIONS

Griffon Athletics

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Paint it GOLD at Missouri Western

St. Joseph, Mo.

Welcome to
St. Joseph, a city
as unique as you are!

The city offers historical sites, museums, parks and tons of places to eat, work and play.

Historic Sites
Catch a movie at a local theater

Discover St. Joseph


St. Joseph has been named a Missouri Creative Community and one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People”. USA Today also ranked St. Joseph as the seventh fastest growing economy in the nation.

Things to see and do:

  • Go shopping! Whether you love malls, boutiques or outdoor shopping, we have it all!
  • Take in a play at one of the historic downtown theaters, or catch a Western Playhouse or Missouri Western production at Potter Hall on campus.
  • Play a round of putt-putt golf or go for 18 holes at one of St. Joseph’s golf courses.
  • See a big-name concert.
  • Drive only 45 minutes to Kansas City and about two hours to Lincoln, Nebraska and Omaha, Nebraska.




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Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, Missouri

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