Missouri Valley College

500 E College St, Marshall, MO 65340

School Details

Missouri Valley College is a four-year, private, not-for-profit coeducational institution of higher education, located in the city of Marshall, Missouri.


Presbyterians founded the school, in 1889, in honor of Reverend William Tennant who planned to found dozens of Presbyterian colleges. After many attempts at establishing a lasting Presbyterian college in Missouri, local Presbyterian synods raised a permanent endowment that resulted in Missouri Valley College. The college boasts “one of the most beautiful rooms in Missouri” and an arboretum that contains ginkgo biloba, American Chestnuts, a sycamore, and Missouri’s largest catalpa tree. Watershed moments in the history of the college include: being a training ground for military officers in World War II, the founding of the American Humanics program, and the original genesis of the Nonprofit Agency Management program. The college began granting graduate degrees in 2011. One of the first degrees was the Master of Arts in Community Counseling, which is approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and Colleges and Schools.

The vision of Missouri Valley College is:

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Faculty are personally and professionally engaged in preparing thoughtful citizens for meaningful lives and careers. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate and graduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. Stewardship of resources will sustain innovative teaching to stimulate critical thinking, creativity, aesthetic appreciation, and the joys of lifelong learning.

Missouri Valley College also aims to guide students via instruction that is personal and encouraging to intellectual inquiry. This institution is based in the liberal arts and sciences and believes that a foundation of General Education is key to success both academically and vocationally. Via their General Education courses, students learn how to hone their skills of intellectual inquiry and to gain knowledge related to the world and its cultures and societies. By graduation, students should understand how to apply the skills, knowledge, and competencies they have acquired over the course of their studies at Missouri Valley College to their personal and social lives.

Students at Missouri Valley College can take advantage of a diverse group of extracurricular activities including clubs, organizations, Greek Life, and organized sports. The registered and student-run organizations and clubs include: vocationally-minded clubs like Accounting Club, Biology Club, the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance, Pre Med Club, and Student Nurses Association; honors societies like Sigma Tau Delta (English), Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science), and Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Criminal Justice); and music related clubs like Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Concert Band, and the MVC Drumline just to name a few. Male students can choose to pledge either the Alpha Omicron chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi or the Delta Upsilon chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon; female students can choose to pledge the Gamma Pi chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, the Beta Chi chapter of Theta Phi Alpha, or Zeta Phi Beta. Students can also participate in many different sports. Both men and women are offered the same amount of athletic opportunities, which they have the opportunity to join. Sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Rodeo, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling, Volleyball, Dance, Golf, Softball, and Track. Missouri Valley College participates in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.


Missouri Valley College offers a diverse group of degrees and programs of study. The school is broken up into “Divisions”, which includes the Division of Business, Division of Communications, Division of Education, Division of Fine Arts, Division of Languages and Humanities, Division of Math and Science, Division of Social Science, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students can choose a wide variety of minors, as well as secondary or other education certifications.


In addition to traditional on campus and in classroom programs, Missouri Valley College also offers degrees online, including a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students can also take advantage of Missouri Valley College offering many courses in an online format. Students can take advantage of dual credits, a Learning Center, internships, an Honors Program, and the Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship for educational and vocational guidance.


Missouri Valley College has a student population of about 1,680; 1,671 of those students are undergraduates. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Around 64 percent of the undergraduate class is white and about 91 percent are under the age of 25. The overall graduation rate is 28 percent and about 49 percent of first year full-time students returned the following fall to continue their studies at Missouri Valley College. Around 9 percent of undergraduate students take advantage of some or only distance education. Whereas 33 percent of graduate students take advantage of distance education. About 52 percent of students are admitted to this college and 41 percent of that percentage actually enroll in courses.


The estimated cost of tuition and fees for an academic year is about $18,800 and about 100 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Presbyterian Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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