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Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO 4-Year Public

About Missouri Western State College

Missouri Western State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of St. Joseph, MO, less than an hour from Kansas City.

Founded in 1915, the institution currently enrolls around 4,911 students a year, including 5,292 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About Missouri Western State College

Acceptance rate: 91%

Average GPA: 3.36

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Missouri Western State College Acceptance Rate

It is noncompetitive to get into Missouri Western State University. Around 91 percent of all applicants to Missouri Western State College are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.36 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Missouri Western State College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

About 63 percent of students who start at Missouri Western State College return the next year. Out of the 874 students who started at Missouri Western State College as first-time freshman, 139 graduate within four years.

Around 35 percent of students who started at Missouri Western State College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,406 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Missouri Western State College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Missouri Western State College a good school for YOU?

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College Info

4525 Downs Drive St. Joseph, MO 64507-2294

Campus Setting: Suburban

Missouri Western State College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Missouri Western State College is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Missouri Western State College is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Missouri Western State College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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23 and Above


18 to 23


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Missouri Western State College is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Missouri Western State College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Missouri Western State College SAT Scores


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Missouri Western State College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Missouri Western State College is like? There are approximately 5,533 students enrolled at Missouri Western State College, including 5,465 undergraduate students and 68 graduate students. 64% percent of students attend school full-time, 88% percent are from MO and 12% percent of students are from other states.


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