Missouri Western State College: Narrative Description

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4525 Downs Dr.
St. Joseph, MO 64507-2294
Tel: (816)271-4200
Free: 800-662-7041
Admissions: (816)271-4267
Fax: (816)271-5833
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mwsc.edu/


State-supported, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1915. Setting: 744-acre suburban campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $6.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $69,501. Educational spending 2003-04: $5600 per student. Total enrollment: 5,065. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,606 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 3,759 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 1,306 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 7 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 22% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/30. Notification: continuous until 8/10.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $4380 full-time, $146 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8010 full-time, $267 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $398 full-time, $12 per credit part-time, $35 per term part-time. College room and board: $4396. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Day, Springfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,045 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Warren E. Hearnes Library with 147,509 books, 110,808 microform titles, 1,068 serials, 13,705 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in America's heartland, St. Joseph was one of only 10 cities nationwide to receive the prestigious 1997 All-America City Award. A thriving business community has seen St. Joseph grow from a booming frontier town to the market place for the four-state area of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. With a population of 72,000, St. Joseph boasts metropolitan advantages blended with small town flavor. The city offers 26-miles of parkway system, Olympic-size ice rink, YMCA and YWCA, St. Joseph Symphony, Performing Arts Association Arts Association, Robidoux Resident Theatre, and 13 museums, including the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art; Jesse James House; Pony Express Stables and the St. Joseph Museum.

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