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Missouri Western State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Missouri Western State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Missouri Western State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Missouri Western State University was awarded 37 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health and medical assisting services.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Missouri Western is ranked #2,018 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Missouri Western also holds the #41 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Missouri Western?

Acceptance Rate

Since Missouri Western State University has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

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Missouri Western State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Missouri Western State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Missouri Western State University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Missouri Western State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Missouri Western State University is 63%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  63 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at Missouri Western, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Missouri Western State University.

Missouri Western State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,717 undergraduates at Missouri Western with 3,039 being full-time and 1,678 being part-time.

How Much Does Missouri Western State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Missouri Western is $10,958. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Missouri Western

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,762 $9,096 $11,336 $14,235 $15,169

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Missouri Western, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Missouri Western, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,449 a year. That adds up to $25,796 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Missouri Western is 11.1%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Missouri Western Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Missouri Western with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $34,400 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 14% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Missouri Western State University make the most money.

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Location of Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Missouri Western are given below.

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

Missouri Western State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 53 majors graduated from Missouri Western State University. Of these students, 712 received undergraduate degrees and 83 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 99 $57,802
Teacher Education Grade Specific 70 $29,845
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 50 $31,585
Business Administration & Management 48 $35,213
Health & Physical Education 45 $32,569
General Biology 35 $29,064
Accounting 27 $41,342
General Psychology 26 $33,077
Marketing 24 $39,648
Social Work 19 $32,711

Learn more about the majors offered at Missouri Western State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Missouri Western

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 3,308 students took at least one online class at Missouri Western State University. This is an increase from the 2,131 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 3,308 567
2018-2019 2,131 416
2017-2018 2,025 343
2016-2017 1,947 305
2015-2016 1,899 459

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Notes and References


*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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