Missouri Western State University

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Missouri Western State University is a public, coeducational higher education institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The University has an annual enrollment of around 6,000 undergraduate students and about 130 graduate students.

General Information

Admission Office

4525 Downs Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507

(816) 271-4200

(800) 662-7041

Fax: (816) 271-5833

Contact: Howard McCauley

Director of Admissions
Main Address

4525 Downs Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507

(816) 271-4200


Total undergrads: 5,470

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,000


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,370 $4,562 $4,562 $4,562 0.00%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,178 $6,250 $7,500 $7,700 +2.67%
Other $3,900 $4,000 $4,120 $4,120 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,178 $6,250 $7,500 $7,700 +2.67%
Other $3,900 $4,000 $4,120 $4,120 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $15,248 $15,612 $16,982 $17,182 +1.18%
In-state Off Campus $15,248 $15,612 $16,982 $17,182 +1.18%
In-state with Family $5,170 $5,362 $5,362 $5,362 0.00%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,253
In-state Student Fees $404
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $8,507
Out-of-state Fees $404

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 915 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 857 90% $4,764,209 $5,559
• Federal grants 382 40% $1,452,876 $3,803
• Pell grants 375 39% $1,300,130 $3,467
• Other federal grants 172 18% $152,746 $888
State/local government grant or scholarships 564 59% $1,421,480 $2,520
Institutional grants or scholarships 462 48% $1,889,853 $4,091
Student loan aid 552 58% $2,768,689 $5,016
• Federal student loans 552 58% $2,721,202 $4,930
• Other student loans 10 1% $47,487 $4,749

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 633 11 56 11
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 32
Biochemistry 8
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 23
Biotechnology 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 121 14
Accounting 30
Business Administration and Management 52 14
Finance 12
Marketing/marketing Management 27
Communication and Journalism Programs 17
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 12
Computing and Information Sciences 8
Computer and Information Sciences 3
Information Science/studies 5
Education 71 6
Art Teacher Education 4
Educational Evaluation and Research 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 56
English/language Arts Teacher Education 3
French Language Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education 5
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 2
Engineering Technology 21 6
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 3
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 13 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 2 1
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 3 3
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 13 6
English Language and Literature 13 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
French Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 96 25
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 1
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic)
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 6
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 19
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 95
History 18
History 18
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 51 7
Criminal Justice/police Science 7
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 51
Human Services 5
Social Work 5
Legal and Law Studies 4 5
Legal Assistant/paralegal 4 5
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Mathematics 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 3 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 54
Health and Physical Education/fitness 36
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 18
Physical Sciences 6
Chemistry 6
Psychology 30
Psychology 30
Social Sciences 39
Economics 19
Political Science and Government 8
Sociology 12
Visual and Performing Arts 33
Art/art Studies 1
Cinematography and Film/video Production 5
Fine/studio Arts 3
Graphic Design 18
Music 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $15
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies

Computer Engineering A,B
Construction/Building Technologies A,B
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,B
Manufacturing Technologies A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Medical Records Technology A,C
Nursing (RN) B
Physical Therapy Assistance A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Missouri Western State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (816) 271-4200
Website: https://www.missouriwestern.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/admissions/apply-for-admission/
Address: 4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, MO 64507
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,608
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 28%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,477 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,225
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,135
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,039

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Missouri Western State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Missouri Western State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 121
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 22
Education 281
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 141
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 3141
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1111
Legal Professions and Studies 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 23
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 11
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 1145213

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Missouri Western State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,225
Out-of-state $14,135
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,730
Out-of-state $12,085

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 935 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 900 94% $8,039
Student loan aid 540 56% $6,050

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,368 62% $7,849
Federal student loans 2,121 39% $6,560

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Missouri Western State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Missouri Western State University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Missouri Western State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,608
Undergraduate enrollment 5,367
Graduate enrollment 241

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Missouri Western State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
    • Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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