Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, MO

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Missouri Western State University offers 227-degree programs and 9 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. 41.9% are women, and 58.1% are men. 2% percents of international students. Missouri Western State University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Missouri Western State University is 10367$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $10255 and $18605 per year. 35% of full-time Missouri Western State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $32,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Missouri Western State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Missouri Western State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$8,780
$30,001 - $48,000$8,814
$48,001 - $75,000$11,396
$75,001 - $110,000$13,016



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4376

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3684 of Missouri Western State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 65 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Missouri Western State University number 22 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Missouri.

Students at Missouri Western State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Missouri Western State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball

Graduation Rate


Missouri Western State University graduation rate is below the national average.

35% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Missouri Western State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Missouri Western State University is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Missouri Western State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Missouri Western State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Missouri.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 4525 Downs Dr address in St Joseph, Missouri.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Missouri Western State University with 0.34% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Missouri Western State University offers 227 programs in total: 160 are for Bachelor's degree, 22 - for Master's degree, 21 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for Associate's degree, and 6 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 198 universities in Missouri state. Missouri Western State University is one of the few institutions in Missouri that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 9 distance learning programs that are offered in the Missouri Western State University: 6 are for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Missouri state average data to help you compare.


Missouri Western State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4246 students with 127369 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 119 with 2852 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Missouri Western State University

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Overall Rating:

The worst post-secondary educational facilities one can attend. They are unorganized, the school itself forces their students to perform unreasonable tasks (such as completing courses that are not required, nor a part of their desired degree), the staff (including most professors) are mediocre. I do not recommend that ANYONE attend this university. The school itself should be shut down.

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Overall Rating:

I don't know the rest of the departments. But at least on the Education one, there is a lot of racism. My daughter failed an observation class, where everybody knows that all students pass it. ( They just need to observe and follow the teacher directions). I am a teacher, and I know that something was wrong from the beginning. Just because she is hispanic. I contact the president, and nobody did anything about it.I also met a black student, from the Science department who had a bad experience with a Science Teacher. Definitely NOT a good university for Minorities.However. Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville opens its door to everybody!! No wondering it is full of people from India and other countries.

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Overall Rating:

Every time I go there everyone treats me with respect, and the staff and students are always asking if I need help! They are always looking to lend a helpful hand

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Overall Rating:

Current student(2017) and I can say this school is what you make it. There are tons of opportunities for students, you just have to be on the lookout. A great option for local students and those from across the country.

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Overall Rating:

The school is nice and the classes are great, but the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office needs to seriously get their ducks in a row. I've never had a smooth encounter when dealing with them and I always get conflicting information, among other things. Communication is always a huge hassle. Get it together.

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Location & Website

Address: 4525 Downs Dr


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8162714200

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: https://missouriwestern.edu

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