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IPEDS ID: 178387
OPE ID: 00249000
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Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
General information:  (816) 271-4200
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,795 (5,616 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty194193
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-3
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$800$800$800$8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,700$7,553$7,970$8,1602.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,700$7,553$7,970$8,1602.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$17,847$16,629$17,377$18,0253.7%
Off Campus$17,847$16,629$17,377$18,0253.7%
Off Campus with Family$9,347$9,076$9,407$9,8004.2%
On Campus$22,152$21,387$22,514$23,6315.0%
Off Campus$22,152$21,387$22,514$23,6315.0%
Off Campus with Family$13,652$13,834$14,544$15,4065.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$5,417
In-state fees$504
Out-of-state tuition$10,075
Out-of-state fees$504
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid186297%————
Grant or scholarship aid81993%$4,677,787$5,712
Federal grants45351%$2,079,934$4,591
Pell grants45151%$1,989,174$4,411
Other federal grants11613%$90,760$782
State/local government grant or scholarships47954%$932,962$1,948
Institutional grants or scholarships48054%$1,664,891$3,469
Student loan aid56664%$3,212,364$5,676
Federal student loans56664%$3,172,818$5,606
Other student loans71%$39,546$5,649
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,84765%$22,245,319$5,783
Pell grants2,50343%$11,271,070$4,503
Federal student loans3,14253%$11,309,496$3,599
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,927$9,059$9,652
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,817$8,071$8,422
$30,001 – $48,000$9,245$8,231$8,807
$48,001 – $75,000$11,358$10,523$10,457
$75,001 – $110,000$12,683$12,505$12,300
$110,001 and more$12,888$11,692$12,439
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment5,795
Undergraduate enrollment5,616
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment372
Graduate enrollment179
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 80%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 92%
Out-of-state: 6%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 2%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 29%
Part-time: 71%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 8%
Enrolled in some distance education: 28%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 64%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 27%
Enrolled in some distance education: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 57%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $15
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 60%
Part-time students: 51%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 34%
Transfer-out rate: 30%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 11%
6-year: 27%
8-year: 30%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 29%
Female: 36%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 31%
Black or African American: 15%
Hispanic/Latino: 27%
White: 37%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 21%
Non-resident alien: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-32---
Category total-38---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General----0
Business Administration and Management, General1338---
Finance, General-16---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-12---
Category total1391--0
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects-3---
Category total-3---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other-8---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-14---
Category total-22---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-1---
Information Science/Studies-12---
Category total-13---
Art Teacher Education-1---
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-17---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism----3d
Educational Evaluation and Research--9d--
Elementary Education and Teaching-41---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-4---
French Language Teacher Education-1---
Music Teacher Education-6---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-0---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor----4d
Category total-719d-7d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician-8---
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician17---
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-6---
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician46---
Category total527---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-16---
Rhetoric and Composition--7-6
Category total-167-6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-1---
Spanish Language and Literature-5---
Category total-6---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-1---
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-3---
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician13--1-
Nursing Administration--5--
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant17----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-95---
Category total309951-
History, General-24---
Category total-24---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science11----
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-53---
Forensic Science and Technology--2-0
Category total11532-0
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal5--9-
Category total5--9-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-8---
Category total-8---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies-0---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-617--
Category total-617--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management-10---
Category total-10---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-46---
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General-25---
Category total-71---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total-1---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-9---
Category total-9---
Psychology, General-21---
Category total-21---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work-33---
Category total-33---
Social Sciences
Economics, General-12---
Political Science and Government, General-7---
Category total-34---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-0---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-5---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General-8---
Graphic Design-14---
Music, General-11---
Music, Other-0---
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-0---
Category total-38---
Grand total64694401013
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (!)1/1/1919 - 1/1/1922Terminated
(!)1/1/1923 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTAA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant10/28/1998 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels(!)10/10/2013 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1973 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations221812
Liquor law violations291728
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations191612
Liquor law violations28928
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible222
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault200
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible222
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault200
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate22.0%19.9%
Number in default305260
Number in repayment1,3861,303
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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