Home » University List » Missouri

4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO 64507
p. 816-271-4200
w. missouriwestern.edu

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University Rating: 4.0/5 (10 votes)

Compare This School

Nearby Schools

Schools geographically nearby

Similar Schools

Schools similar in rank, size, etc.


Missouri Western State University is a public educational institution located in St. Joseph, MO that has a history dating all the way back to 1915. Inaugurated as the St. Joseph Junior College in the Fist World War-era – offering two-year liberal arts programs – MWSU started its four-year programs in 1969. In 1977, MSWU joined the Missouri public school system and later received full university status in August of 2005. Annual enrollment is typically over 5,000 students, a far cry from the original St. Joseph’s Junior College, which started out with 35 pupils and 8 faculty members. The annual budget today is close to $50 million.

Accreditation for Missouri Western State University comes from the Higher Learning Commission of NCACS (the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). In addition to this university accreditation, separate programs receive accreditation from bodies like the American Bar Association (ABA), the Council on Social Work Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher’s Education and the American Chemical Society, among others.

At Missouri Western, students have 70 different degree programs to choose from, with 54 bachelor’s degrees, 4 master’s, 10 associate’s, 2 certificates and 1 post-bachelor certificate open for enrollment. In addition to the 94 majors offered at MSWU, there are 41 minors for students to take advantage of.

While MSWU has retained its liberal arts focus as it approaches its centennial celebration, it has expanded its reach into business and professional studies as well. The Criminal Justice, Education and Nursing/Health Information Technology Programs are constantly growing in popularity. The Steven L. Craig School of Business is also growing by the year. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences continues to carry the torch, offering degrees in Art, Biology, English, History, Psychology, Music, Theatre, Political Science and more. For graduate work, students are welcome to purse the Master’s in Applied Science in Assessment, Integrated Media, Written Communication and Chemistry.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The admissions process to Missouri Western State University often begins with a check on the Viewbook online, a good primer for prospective students. In addition, the school website has explicit instructions for each different department and major. Most students coming straight from high school or from a GED program will need to meet the general requirements: Completion of the application online; Forwarding of high school transcripts along with Act scores (school code is 2344); Payment of the application fee; and the forwarding of any college transcripts. Minimum ACT scores are 19 for English and Reading, 20 for Mathematics.

Financial Aid

Any student hoping to receive financial if in order to defray costs of attending MSWU must complete the FAFSA before the deadline date. Students can set up an interview with the Financial Aid Office in Eder Hall (Room 103) and try to determine the best way to afford studies at MSWU. Open to all students are the possibility of Federal Grants, while there are numerous scholarship programs specific to MSWU students. Deadlines are very important, so refer to the website for specific requirements and due dates. Entry into the Work-Study Program is also possible, as are PLUS and Student loans. In some cases, interest will not begin to accrue until after studies are completely finished.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4581st for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Missouri.


Students at Missouri Western have the opportunity to support any number of athletic teams and well as participate in the sports being offered on campus. However, student life goes far beyond that. Many MSWU students live on campus, allowing for the full university experience to become a reality. Student government associations are popular, along with Greek organizations and the many regular events constantly taking place in St. Joseph for MWSU students. Students in need of counseling and academic assistance will be able to take advantage of the resources offered by the Western Activities Council. Check the website for the latest information on student activities and the newest leadership development programs.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The MSWU Griffons are constantly a force in NCAA Division II competition. In addition to the 2010 Women’s Basketball Championship, the Griffons brought home the 2010 Softball Championship as well. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football and golf. In addition to softball and basketball, women’s teams include soccer, golf, tennis and volleyball. Inquire at the university about scholarship opportunities.

Information Summary

Ranks 57th in Missouri and 2256th overall
See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list

Add an image …

Contributed Photos

n/a :: Missouri Western State University Library :: Missouri Western State University Clock :: Missouri Western State University

Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Missouri and 321st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 20 0.32

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Joseph, MO 64507
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population14,001 (11,549 urban / 2,452 rural)
Households5,338 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,832
Families3,395 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2906

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1671st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,394 $5,394 $10,986
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $718 $718 $718
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $193 $193 $392
FT Graduate Tuition $5,417 $5,417 $10,075
FT Graduate Required Fees $504 $504 $504
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $301 $301 $560
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,025 $18,025 $23,631
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,025 $18,025 $23,631
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,800 $9,800 $15,406

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,676 $6,007 $5,676 $6,007 $10,434 $11,144
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,553 $7,970
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,553 $7,970
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,600(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,336
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,164
Board Fee$2,964

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 11 50 10 3 10 686 32 821
Accounting 1 22 1 25
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 3 3
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General
Biochemistry 1 4 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 2 26 1 32
Biotechnology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 3 3 40 4 51
Chemistry, General 2 7 9
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 4 5
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 5 8
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 10 11
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 1 45 1 53
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 14 2 17
Economics, General 1 1 9 1 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 3 3
Educational Evaluation and Research 9 9
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 2 1 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 35 3 41
English Language and Literature, General 1 14 16
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 4 4
Finance, General 1 15 16
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 7 8
Forensic Science and Technology 2 2
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1
Graphic Design 1 12 1 14
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 3 3
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 12 14
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5 1 35 2 46
History, General 1 22 1 24
Information Science/Studies 1 1 9 12
International/Global Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 11 3 14
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 9 1 10
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 10 1 12
Mathematics, General 8 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 1 14 2 23
Music Teacher Education 6 6
Music, General 2 1 8 11
Music, Other
Nursing Administration 5 5
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 6 2 17 25
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 16 17
Political Science and Government, General 7 7
Psychology, General 2 17 2 21
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 1 7 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 1 87 1 95
Rhetoric and Composition 11 2 13
Social Work 4 1 1 25 33
Sociology 1 1 11 1 15
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 12 14
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 4 4
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 10 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2275th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,050 ($61,843 male / $57,604 female)
Number of FT Faculty 194 (113 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 387
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,766,933

Add a video …

Related and Contributed Videos

There aren't any videos for this school. Be the first to share your video to thousands of people!

This website and its associated pages are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by this school.
StateUniversity.com has no official or unofficial affiliation with Missouri Western State University.