Freshman Admission

First Time In College (First-time Freshmen)

To be admitted in this category, applicants must provide:

  1. An application for admission.
  2. An official American College Test (ACT) results. For full admission to Missouri Western, first-time students who are 20 years or older must be a high school graduate with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, have a HiSET score of 75 or higher or have a GED of 680 or higher with no sub score lower than 150. If these students do not meet the proposed requirements, they will be admitted with conditions (AWC) and limited to 9 credit hours.  ** If the ACT/SAT has been taken multiple times, Missouri Western State University will use the highest subscore in each subject area, regardless of the test date, to calculate a new composite superscore.  Be sure to send all test scores for consideration.  The highest subscores and composite superscore will be used for admission decisions, automatic scholarships and course placement.
  3. A high school transcript with a minimum of six semesters of work and a final official high school transcript documenting graduation or certificate awarded upon successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).

Automatic, Full-time Admission Criteria

Automatic, full-time admission will be granted to first-time students who meet the following criteria:

  • ACT of 21 or higher OR;
  • SAT1 of 1070 or higher OR;
  • 3.50 High School GPA on a 4.0 Scale.

Applicants who don't meet the above automatic criteria may be granted regular admission if they meet the requirements in the following sliding scale:

  • 20 or 19 ACT (1030 or 990 SAT1) AND 2.30 GPA or higher.
  • 18 or 17 ACT (950 or 910 SAT1) AND 2.50 GPA or higher.
  • 16 or 15 ACT (870 or 830 SAT1) AND 2.70 GPA or higher.

Each student's academic record will be reviewed at the time of admission. Students who fall below the above requirements may be admitted with additional conditions placed on their admission based on their previous academic record. These conditions may include (but are not limited to): limited course selection, part-time enrollment, restrictions on when a student may be allowed to register and are not allowed to live on campus. Students who are admitted with these conditions have the right to request an individual review of their unique situation.

High School Core Classes

Missouri Western State University wants its students to succeed, so students need to prepare themselves academically for college and university level classes. Experience has shown that students who have completed the following high school program are most likely to succeed in college. Listed below are the high school courses highly recommended for college-bound students:

  • 4 units of English, one of which may be speech or debate; two units must emphasize composition or writing.
  • 4 units of mathematics, including Algebra I, II and Geometry.
  • 3 units of sciences, including at least one lab science.
  • 3 units of social sciences.
  • 1 unit of visual/performing arts.
  • 3 units of electives, selected from foreign language and combinations of the above courses. Two units of foreign language are strongly recommended.

First-Year Housing Requirement

To enhance academic success, Missouri Western requires first-year students who have not previously attended this University and are taking 12 or more credit hours to reside in University housing their first two semesters unless they meet at least one of the following criteria for exception:

  • Are living with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian within a 50 mile radius of St. Joseph (Parent signature needs to be notarized).
  • Are 21 years of age by the beginning of the academic year for which they are enrolling.
  • Are a military veteran.
  • Have completed more than 30 credit hours (not including high school classes taken for college credit).
  • Are married and or who reside with dependent children.

All first-year students must have either a housing contract or a granted waiver request on file with the  Office of Residential Life. Failure to have a granted housing waiver on file will result in a room charge being placed on the student's account.

Misrepresenting or Falsifying Information

Any student who misrepresents, falsifies or withholds required information will be referred to the Admissions and Graduation Committee for review and appropriate action. Such action may result in being denied admission to Missouri Western or immediate dismissal from Missouri Western. The University reserves the right to investigate and review the records of any prospective student to determine the applicant's eligibility to enroll.