Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University (MWSU) is a public, co-educational university located in St. Joseph, Missouri, in the United States. The university provides students with a wide range of both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In addition to this, Missouri Western State University offers non-native English speakers conditional admission to their academic programs via the Intensive English program that consists of both English language instruction, and cultural activities, designed to help students succeed academically and socially.

  • Average Tuition USD 5,200
  • Students 5,388
  • International Students 1%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 5,200

School Description

Missouri Western State University was founded as St. Joseph Junior College in 1915. In 1969, the institution became a four-year college, and in 1977 it became a full member of the State of Missouri system. The college officially changed its name to Missouri Western State in 2005 after it was designated a university by the state. Today the university is located on more than 700 acres, and has programs that are accredited by highly revered bodies such as: the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

There are over 5,000 students at MWSU, from a variety of different countries. Life at MWSU offers students everything needed for a memorable campus, and academic, experience: The International Student Services Office on campus is willing to help international students with anything they need. Staff members not only help international students with their paperwork and required documents, but they help guide students through their entire education experience. Office staff also plan a variety of events for international students to help them adjust to life in the United States and to meet both international and domestic students. Events include an international fair, a soccer tournament, a lecture series and a variety of fun events and celebrations. Additionally, the office provides the following services: Orientation for new students, coordinating airport pick-up for new students, conducting a cultural adjustment seminar, discussion, or workshop, providing opportunities for service learning, leadership development and networking opportunities, planning programs for students, helping with verification letters to apply for a Social Security card, and/or a driver’s license, holding a workshop on Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

  • 01Value and quality – Affordable tuition/fees estimated under USD$6,500 per semester. Accredited degree programs taught by professors with highest academic degrees or credentials. Also, the university offers a variety of opportunities to enhance the educational experience such as experiential learning, honors society, and academic research.
  • 02Home away from home – Active student life with about 100 student organization, intramural sports, and Division II athletics. Also, Kansas City, about 30 minutes south, famous among others for its BBQ dishes, the Royals professional baseball, and the Kansas City Chiefs professional football athletic teams!

Pathway Programs

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, USA

    Intensive English Program

    USD 5,200 Tuition Fee
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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    A variety of merit-based aid is available to international students. Excellence Scholarship awards ranges from $500 to $2,000 each year. Automatic scholarships awards between $1,000 to $9,774 each year; however, requires official SAT or ACT scores. International Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma $2,600-$3,600 each year. The University does not offer need based aid to international students.

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    Other Information

    Established in 1915


    Missouri Western State University has the third lowest tuition in the state of Missouri. The University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges Midwest, Tier 2.

    The Location

    4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, USA

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