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Students are from 86 Missouri counties, 35 states and 40 countries.

Campus Snapshot


Undergraduate Students


lowest tuition in Missouri


student faculty ratio


of classes have fewer than 30 students



As Missouri’s official applied learning university, it is our mission to make sure you have the experiences necessary to prepare you for your career. At Missouri Western, you will have the opportunity to engage with employers throughout the region, allowing you to gain real-world experience before graduation.


Research Projects

Study Away

Service Learning

Leadership Opportunities


With an internship, you are able to explore your real-world possibilities before graduation. You will get an insider’s view into your chosen field and gain important professional skills and contacts.

The Career Development Center facilitates the career-readiness of our students and their online portal Griffons4Hire allows you to find an internship (or employment) opportunity that suits you.

Griffons have gained real-world experience at:

  • Apple
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Google
  • Kansas City Comets (soccer)
  • Mayo Clinic
  • NASA
  • TOMS Shoes
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Senate
  • Many more
Student internships

Research Projects

At Missouri Western, you will have opportunities to work with your professors and peers on real research projects, something that other schools reserve for graduate students.

Each semester, you can present your research at Multidisciplinary Research Day, where you can share your results with a vast audience and explore research from other areas of study.

Griffons get noticed for their research:

  • Received a $1.1 million synthetic biology research grant
  • Worked with the Centers for Disease Control on a newly discovered virus
  • Created and produced a local commercial that aired during the Super Bowl
  • Published undergraduate research
  • Presented research at the National American Chemical Society Conference
Student researchers

Study Away

Study away allows you to gain experiences outside of our campus community. You will be immersed in different cultures, environments and societies. There are many study away opportunities both in the United States and abroad. You can choose to take a short trip for class credit, or decide to spend an entire semester studying abroad.

Griffons have taken their adventures off campus to:

  • See a classical play in England
  • Practice nursing in Honduras
  • Present research in Malta
  • Snorkel in Belize
  • Study in China, France, Greece, Mexico, South Korea and more
Study Away Students

Service Learning

Whether you are a veteran or novice volunteer, Missouri Western offers many service learning opportunities. Many classes have a service learning component and our newly established GriffsGiveBack office connects volunteers with local businesses, organizations and projects.

Many students choose to attend one of our several alternative spring break trips to visit communities across the country to volunteer at local schools, nursing homes, animal shelters and other community organizations

Griffons make an impact in their community by helping:

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
  • Department of Conservation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • United Way
  • Youth Alliance
Students giving back

Leadership Opportunities

No matter what your interests, Missouri Western has a leadership possibility for you. Start by getting involved with a student club or organization. When you find a club or organization that sparks your interest, a passion develops and a leader is born.

Griffons exhibit their leadership skills through:

  • ROTC
  • Honor Societies
  • Student Government Association
  • Greek Leadership Academy
  • Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
  • Many more!
Student speaker

Landing a top job means gaining professional experience in your field. At Missouri Western, your possibilities are endless. No matter your passions and career goals, you can have the opportunity to work with professionals in your area of interest.

Lauren Patton

Lauren Patton '16


Population Health Management


Kansas City, Missouri


First population health graduate

Melissa Cairns

Melissa Cairns '16


Recreation Sport Management


Tauranga, New Zealand


Rafting Guide at ACE Adventures in West Virginia

Jacob Metzinger

Jacob Metzinger '19


Construction Engineering


St. Joseph, Missouri


Revived a student organization, Associated General Contractors of MWSU

Logan Eck

Logan Eck '16


Masters in Sport and Fitness Management


Towanda, Kansas


Minor League Trainer for NY Yankees

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Costs Per Year*

Tuition & Fees

In-State - $6,842
Out-of-State - $13,350
(15 credit hours/semester)

Room & Board

$8,102 - $11,006
(pricing varies depending on housing selection and meal plan)

Most-Affordable Cost

In-State - $14,090
Out-of-State - $21,452

*Subject to change

Pay In-State Rates!


Tuition and Scholarships

Click here to see our 230 competitive scholarships

Freshmen Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships

For additional cost comparison information, visit missouriwestern.edu/costcomparison.

For additional cost comparison information, visit missouriwestern.edu/costcomparison.

MWSU Griffon

6 residence halls, suite or apartment style options

Every suite has its very own bathroom 

Home Away From Home


  • All-you-care-to-eat dining hall
  • Food Court
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Subway
    • Zoca - Fast-casual fresh Mex
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • The Roasterie
  • Max’s Mart
  • POD (Provisions on Demand)


  • 24/7/365 security
  • Secure key card entry to each hall
  • Resident assistants and professional staff on site
  • Griffon Alert emergency notifications via email and text

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 freshmen on the first three floors, with the fourth floor open to all students. Programming and activities are geared toward first-year students.

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.

Beshears Hall and Juda 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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Griffon Athletics

Catch the Griffon Spirit

Softball Team Champions

Women's Teams

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Football team running onto the field

Men's Teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
MWSU students

Max Experience

  • Free admission to all home games
  • Free giveaways at select games
  • One free concession item and drink at home basketball and football games
Women's Basketball champions

Bragging Rights

  • 112 student athletes with 3.0+ GPA named to MIAA honor roll
  • 14 Scholar-Athlete awards for 3.5+ GPA
  • NFL Pro Athletes
    • Mike Jordan
    • Leonard Western
    • Greg Zuerlein
    • David Bass

USA Today’s 7th fastest-growing economy in the nation

Designated a Missouri Creative Community

One of Expedia’s 17 places you must visit in 2017

St. Joseph: Made with Uncommon Character

Uncommon Sights and Tastes:

  • Unique, upcycled items at Nesting Goods
  • Tokyo-style ramen and delicious sides at Komatsu Ramen
  • 1,200-seat renovated Missouri Theater, built in 1927
  • Homestyle fried chicken at Galvin’s Dinner House
  • Vintage clothing, accessories and vinyl at The Lucky Tiger
  • Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza at il Lazzarone




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Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, Missouri 64507

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