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Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About Missouri Western State College

Missouri Western State University Overview

Missouri Western State University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in St. Joseph, Missouri. Missouri Western State College was founded in 1915 and the school presently has around 4,395 students a year, including 4,219 undergrad students. Missouri Western State College offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Missouri Western State College by August 1.

Student Activities at Missouri Western State College

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus bandor sing in a chorus.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Missouri Western State College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Missouri Western State College has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Missouri Western State College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Missouri Western State College on the Student Life page.

2022 Missouri Western State College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 4%
In-State Tuition $6,900
Out-of-State $14,520
Percent of Need Met 67%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,495

Is Missouri Western State College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Missouri Western State College offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

Missouri Western State College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is not competitive to get into Missouri Western State College. The university admitted 87% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 2,146 students applied to Missouri Western State College and 1,863 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Missouri Western State College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 58% of students who start at Missouri Western State College come back the next year. Missouri Western State College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 39%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Missouri Western State College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Missouri Western State College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Missouri Western State College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Missouri Western State College meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,495 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $23,941 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Missouri Western State College.

Based on this information, does Missouri Western State College seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Missouri Western State College a good school for you?

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Where is Missouri Western State College?

Missouri Western State College is located in the suburban setting of St. Joseph, Missouri, in the suburbs of Kansas City.

If you would like to see Missouri Western State College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 29 to St. Joseph, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kansas City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Missouri Western State College and St. Joseph are like without leaving home.

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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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Missouri Western State College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Missouri Western State College is Continuous processing.

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

Missouri Western State College ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Missouri Western State College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

425 - 565


Reading SAT Range

428 - 533

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 4,395 students enrolled at Missouri Western State College, including 4,219 undergraduate students and 176 graduate students. 61% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from MO and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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