Missouri State University-West Plains

128 Garfield Avenue, West Plains, MO 65775-2715

School Details

Missouri State University’s West Plain campus is a two-year, open admissions institution of higher education that is part of the Missouri State University system. The campus is located in West Plains, Missouri, which is about 100 miles southeast of Springfield.


Missouri State University - West Plains started out in July of 1963 as Southwest Missouri State College. After becoming Southwest Missouri State University - West Plains and becoming accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, it eventually consolidated with what would become Missouri State University.

The mission statement of Missouri State University - West Plains is: “Missouri State University - West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve”. Through the school’s policy of open admissions, their commitment to student service, community partnership, and global awareness, Missouri State University - West Plains aspires to become a national model among two year, learning-centered institutions. It is also important to note that the Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

There are many non-academic and extracurricular activities available to students of Missouri State University - West Plains. Clubs and organizations include: Agriculture Club, Anime Viewers Anonymous, Business and Professional Women, Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian Campus House, College Democrats, College Republicans, Creative Writing Club, Fine Arts Club, Non-Traditional Student Association, Student Government Association, and the Student Missouri State Teachers Association. Sports teams at Missouri State University - West Plains are the Grizzlies and they compete in the NJCAA. Sports teams include: Basketball and Volleyball.


The average class size is about 18 students and it also offers an “online” campus, which mainly offers courses that students can take in addition to their on-campus course load. Students can pursue either associate’s degrees of Arts, Applied Sciences, or Sciences, as well as certificate options. Programs offered by the school include: dual enrollment, Darr Honors Program, Distance Learning, study abroad opportunities, and more.


The online programs offered by Missouri State University - West Plains include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Enology
  • Enology Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture
  • Viticulture Certificate

The online program offerings are in conjunction with VESTA (the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance), which aims to promote the study of viticulture and enology through collaborations with educational institutions, government, and industries. Missouri State University - West Plains also offers many of its courses in an online format, so that students who are non-traditional can maintain a busy schedule while pursuing their degrees or certificates in a hybrid format.


Around 2,100 students attend Missouri State University - West Plains and the student-to-faculty ratio is 25:1. Around 60 percent of students are full time and 88 percent of students are white. Around 38 percent of students are adult age (25 years old or older) and most students (99 percent) come from Missouri. Most students are female and white About 38 percent of students take advantage of some, if not all distance education opportunities. The graduation rate is about 28 percent.


Estimated tuition is $4,020 for in-state students and $7,440 for out-of-state students. Around 94 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid and 43 percent of students take out federal student loans. The average loan is about $4,579.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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