Missouri Western State University
Saint Joseph, MO 64507


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 5,363
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 16:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,342 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Missouri Western State University has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Western State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $11,633 and in-state students paid $5,893.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 95% of Missouri Western State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 53% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,623 (which is 4.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Missouri Western State University in 2016-2017, was 435, which is 54% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,708 (which is 7.7% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Missouri Western State University has enrolled a total of 5,363 students (3,532 students full-time and 1,831 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 5,363 students, 347 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 41% men and 59% women and 5,120 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 243 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 459 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 80%

Black/African American: 8%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Asian: 1%

Hispanic: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Missouri Western State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 29% 389
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 10% 137
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 9% 122
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 7% 99
Psychology 4% 58
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 52
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 51
English Language And Literature/letters 3% 43
Legal Professions And Studies 3% 39
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 2% 33

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Missouri Western State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Missouri Western State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $27,700. Last year, out of the total 1,968 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,771 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,133 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,898 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $27,700 $33,100
Employment Rate 90% 89%
Total Graduates 1,968 2,133

Campus Location

Similar Colleges

Polk State College
Winter Haven, FL
Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, OH
Rogers State University
Claremore, OK

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Missouri Western State University.

University of Kansas
60.4 mile away
Washburn University
69.9 mile away
Peru State College
70.4 mile away