Missouri Western State University

4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, MO 64507

School Details

Missouri Western State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the city of Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The school was founded in 1915 as St. Joseph Junior College and the school became a four-year college in 1969. In 1977, Missouri Western became a full member of the State of Missouri system and in 2005; the school’s name was changed to Missouri Western State University after it received university status.

Demographics at Missouri Western State University are as follows:

  • About 5,800 students enrolled
  • Student to faculty ratio of 18:1
  • About 70 percent of undergraduate students and 25 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Approximately 44 percent of students are male
  • More than 80 percent of students are White
  • About one-quarter of students are over the age of 25 years old
  • More than 90 percent of students are from Missouri

Missouri Western State University offers certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Undergraduate degree programs are offered through the Craig School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies. Graduate students can earn more than 20 degrees and certificates. The University also offers continuing education courses, seminars, conferences, and workshops for community members. Other special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. About 33 percent of undergraduate students and 64 percent of graduate students are enrolled in distance education. Students who enroll in online courses can learn and complete assignments from anywhere with an Internet connection and generally at anytime. Missouri Western offers more than 250 online courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Study abroad and exchange programs are available in fall, spring, and summer semester programs in Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Spain), Central and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru), Asia (China, South Korea), Australia, and the Middle East/North Africa (Jordan, Morocco). To qualify to participate in a study abroad program, the student must be enrolled at Missouri Western and must be in good academic standing.

Students at Missouri Western can participate in nearly 80 clubs and organizations, Student Government Association, Western Activities Council, fraternities and sororities, and athletics. Athletic teams at Missouri Western State University include men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. The “Griffons” compete in NCAA Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The school also holds the summer training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs each year. Because of this, the Kansas City Chiefs donated $10 million to pay for the $15.7 million Griffon Indoor Sports Complex at the main campus.

Student services include remedial services, academic and career counseling, employment services, placement services, and on-campus daycare.

Missouri Western State University has an open admissions policy. To enroll, students must submit an application for admission with all official test scores. After applying for admission, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Once you have received your acceptance, students must activate their Goldlink Student Portal, submit a housing deposit, and enroll in classes. Graduate students must submit an application and all official transcripts to be considered for admission. Some graduate programs may have additional requirements.

About 95 percent of students at Missouri Western State University receive financial aid. In order to be considered for financial aid at Missouri Western, students must be admitted to the University and must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1st of each year and before March 1st . Types of aid available include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, TEACH Grant, state grant funding, Academic Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan. The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs to students with financial need. Students who apply for Federal Work-Study must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled at least half-time, and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Missouri Western State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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