Missouri State University – West Plains

128 Garfield Avenue, West Plains, MO

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Missouri State University-West Plains prides itself as the foundation of new beginnings and endless possibilities. It was recognized as one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program and was acknowledged as a Military-Friendly School for three consecutive years by the G.I. Jobs magazine. 

In 1963 this institution was established as the West Plains Residence Center and consequently named as West Plains Campus of Southwest Missouri State University to its current designation, MSU-WP. For more than four decades, MSU-WP serves as a vital educational resource for the residents of south-central Ozarks region of Missouri and nearby places.

At present, MSU-WP has three campus locations in West Plains, MO, Mountain Grove, MO and Dalian, China. This institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools. It continues to provide superb quality education and training as it offers associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees and certificates under the fields of Business, Nursing, General Studies and Teaching. 

MSU-WP fosters an environment that allows students to realize their full potential and aspirations. Compared to other two-year colleges in Missouri, it has maintained higher retention and graduation rates in the past five years.

Students have access to several academic services such as academic support, advisement and job placement assistance. They can also participate in fun and meaningful activities, and join variety of student organizations and campus centers. 

Future Student's Guide


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $15 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $3,600-$4,300
    • Out-of-State: $7,100-$8,568
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $120-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $240-$290 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships98%$4,993
Receiving Student Loans35%$5,372
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Missouri State University – West Plains may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Missouri.

 Missouri State University – West PlainsHowell CountyMissouri
Graduation Rate26.8%-23.4%
Transfer-out Rate11.7%-17.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Missouri State University – West Plains by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Security and Protective Services

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Missouri State University – West Plains.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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