Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public university located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It was established in 1915 as a two-year institution called St. Joseph Junior College. The university enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate students annually. Missouri Western offers various degrees and programs on the bachelors and masters levels. It is organized into several academic units, which include:

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Craig School of Business

Missouri Western's athletic teams are nicknamed the Griffons. They compete in over 7 sports as an NCAA Division II school. The university is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

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Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph , MO 64507
General Phone: (816) 271-4200

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Missouri Western Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts103French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, history ...
Business and Management93business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine84EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Education and Teaching71elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, art education, English teaching, music teaching, French language teaching, Spanish teaching, teacher education and development
Security and Law Enforcement61criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy60parks and recreation management, health and physical education
Therapy and Counseling35psychology, physical therapist assistant
Science26biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry
Engineering Technician24electronics tech, manufacturing tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Law16legal assistant
Medical Administration14medical records tech
Family and Social Work11social work
Design9graphic design
Photography and Commercial Art7commercial art, cinematography
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science, information science
Conservation and Resource Management5wildlife management
Art Studies2art studies
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Missouri Western in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree58744
Associate's degree5210
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years102
Postbaccalaureate certificate11
Master's degree01

Missouri Western Student Body

In 2007-2008, Missouri Western had a total enrollment of 5,342 students (4,051 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 11%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 29%
20-21 24%
22-24 17%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%

Missouri Western Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 37 %

Missouri Western Room and Board (2007)

Missouri Western offers campus housing for 1,102 of its 4,051 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of St. Joseph, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Missouri Western Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,010
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,710
Room and board $ 6,250
Room charge $ 3,700
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,168
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 4,000

Financial Aid:
Missouri Western participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 249000)

Missouri Western Faculty

Missouri Western has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4630
Non-tenured and not on tenure track109

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year31$77,13014$75,071
Associate professoracademic year28$63,06119$60,558
Assistant professoracademic year43$56,27026$50,187
Instructoracademic year12$43,21414$38,929
All faculty totalacademic year114$62,23673$55,499

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Missouri Western Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports95766

Missouri Western Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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Missouri Western Highlights

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What Sets Missouri Western Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 6%Missouri Western Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Missouri Western % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in mathematics
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 12%Missouri Western % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Missouri Western % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Missouri Western % of degrees in security and law enforcement
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Missouri Western Number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 14%Missouri Western Number of students
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Missouri Western Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in music
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 17%Missouri Western % of degrees in music
% of degrees in science
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 20%Missouri Western % of degrees in science

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checked Option to study abroad
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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checked NCAA athletic conference member

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