Missouri Western State University

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4525 Downs Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507

Phone: (816) 271-4200
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#71 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Missouri Western State University is a public institution that was founded in 1969. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,885, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 723 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Missouri Western State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 71. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,497 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,489 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Discover Missouri Western State University and you will find a great place to get an education and a great place to prepare for the future. Missouri Western State University is a model for the new American regional university, characterized by applied learning and applied research and service. Our educational focus is on creating opportunities for students to connect the theory of the classroom with practice in the public and private sectors. Thus, upon graduation, students are well prepared to build careers, continue their education, and to contribute as citizens of the world. Regardless of the major, when students graduate from Missouri Western they possess more than a degree; they also have real world experience in their field of study. In fact, most majors require students to complete at least one internship, practicum, research project or clinical as a part of graduation requirements. To meet this requirement, Western students work with faculty members and professionals in the field to complete challenging projects. Opportunities are available for students to work with a faculty member on a research project or grant, to study in places around the world such as London, Belize, Honduras, Germany, Mexico, or Ireland, and to learn through service in the region.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1969
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $18,557,198


When applying to Missouri Western State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Missouri Western State University is $15. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 100 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 100.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Missouri Western State University is 19:1, and the school has 47.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Missouri Western State University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 13%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 6%

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Student Life

Missouri Western State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,885, with a gender distribution of 43.6 percent male students and 56.4 percent female students. At this school, 24.1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75.9 percent of students live off campus. Missouri Western State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,056
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Missouri Western State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. Missouri Western State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Missouri Western State University, 87 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Missouri Western State University.

Students who have cars on campus 87%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Missouri Western State University, 74.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,415.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,497 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,489 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,128 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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