Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, MO 64507
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Missouri Western State University is one of the thirteen public 4-year colleges in Missouri. The campus is located in an urban area, in Saint Joseph.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 5,533 students attend the school. Every year 29% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Western's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $6,035, and fees were $1,535. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $11,930 and $1,535 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students5,533
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 11 97
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 0 8
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1923 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$204/credit
In State Students$204/credit
Out of State Students$421/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$336/credit
In State Students$336/credit
Out of State Students$604/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,180 $9,180 $18,945
ADN 70 $14,280 $14,280 $29,470
BSN 125 $25,500 $25,500 $52,625
FNP 50 $16,800 $16,800 $30,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Missouri Western State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 48% $4,799
Other Federal Grant 11% $619
State Grant & Scholarships 46% $2,415
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 69% $4,185
Federal Student Loans 52% $5,745
Private Loans 3% $6,488


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,726
$30,001 to $48,000$8,666
$48,001 to $75,000$11,286
$75,001 to $110,000$14,174
Over $110,000$14,793

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO 64507

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