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Missouri Western State University is a public institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Saint Joseph is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

98 Undergraduate Degrees
13 Graduate Degrees
$19,440 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)

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Missouri Western State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Missouri Western.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is Missouri Western State University?

Location of Missouri Western State University

Contact details for Missouri Western are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-271-4200

How Do I Get Into Missouri Western?

You can apply to Missouri Western online at:

Missouri Western State University has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Missouri Western State University?

$19,440 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
13.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Missouri Western is $19,440. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Missouri Western, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $5,872 a year. That adds up to $23,488 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Missouri Western is 13.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Missouri Western State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,382 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,367 undergraduate students at Missouri Western, with 3,382 being full-time and 1,985 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Missouri Western

There are also 241 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,382 full-time undergraduates at Missouri Western, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Missouri Western

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Missouri Western State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Missouri Western Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 47
Black or African American 415
Hispanic or Latino 88
White 2,470
International Students 46
Other Races/Ethnicities 316

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Missouri Western State University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 44 countries are represented at Missouri Western. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Missouri Western State University

343 Took All Classes Online
2,025 Took At Least One Class Online
-9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Missouri Western. In 2017-2018, 2,025 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Missouri Western has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 10th most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Missouri Western

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Missouri Western State University was -9.1%. This is the #1,797 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Missouri Western regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Missouri Western State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 98 0 0 98
Nursing Administration 0 1 12 13
TOTAL 98 1 12 111


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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