Missouri Western State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Missouri Western State University
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Missouri Western State University Admissions Overview:

Admissions at Missouri Western State University are open, meaning that all interested and qualified students are able to attend the school. Students are still required to apply to MWSU--they will need to submit an application and high school transcripts in order to apply. For information about the school and the admissions process, be sure to visit its website.

Interested students are encouraged to visit the campus, to see if the school would be a good fit for them.

Admissions Data (2016):

Missouri Western State University Description:

Missouri Western State University is a public, four-year university located on more than 700 acres in St. Joseph, Missouri. Kansas City is less than an hour to the south. Nicknamed Western, MWSU has about 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students and a student/faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The university offers a total of 75 degree programs, 94 majors, and 41 minors across its 18 academic departments. Since 1988, Western has had a selective honors program for high-achieving students.

Western students keep busy outside of the classroom with over 20 intramural sports, an active Greek life, and 77 student clubs and organizations including an Anime Club and Gamer’s Guild. On the intercollegiate athletic front, Western competes in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) with ten sports including football, softball, and men’s and women’s golf.

The college mascot is Max the Griffon.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,363 (5,120 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 67% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,330 (in-state); $13,070 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,700
  • Other Expenses: $2,665
  • Total Cost: $19,495 (in-state); $25,235 (out-of-state)

Missouri Western State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,820
    • Loans: $5,883

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Heath and Physical Education, Nursing, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 30%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Football, Golf, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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