Missouri State University-West Plains

128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775-2715
Tel: (417)255-7255
2,102 students
Public institution
Missouri State University – West Plains is a public, two-year, open admission, separately accredited campus of the Missouri State University System. The campus is located in West Plains, Missouri, a city of 10,800 in the Ozarks Heritage region of southern Missouri. Over 1,700 students are enrolled in both part-time and full-time studies.
School Highlights:
Missouri State University-West Plains serves 2,102 students (60% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 20%.
Missouri State University-West Plains is the only community colleges within Howell County, MO.
The nearest community college is Texas County Technical College (39.9 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Missouri State University-West Plains Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 2,102 teachers has grown by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 49% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,102 students
1,303 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
1,260 students
836 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 842 students
1,046 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Missouri State University-West Plains sch enrollment Missouri State University-West Plains sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
-
1%
% Asian
1%
2%
Missouri State University-West Plains Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
3%
7%
Missouri State University-West Plains Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
4%
12%
Missouri State University-West Plains Black (2006-2012)
% White
92%
67%
Missouri State University-West Plains White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
Missouri State University-West Plains sch ethnicity Missouri State University-West Plains sta ethnicity
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.15 0.45
Missouri State University-West Plains Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,624 is less than the state average of $5,940. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,954 is less than the state average of $10,072. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,624 $5,940
Missouri State University-West Plains In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,954 $10,072
Missouri State University-West Plains Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Missouri State University – West Plains was founded in 1963 as the West Plains Residence Center. In 1977, the SMSU Board of Regents and, subsequently, the Missouri General Assembly, designated the name "West Plains Campus of Southwest Missouri State University" to replace Residence Center. In 1981, the legislature enacted a permanent status bill for the campus. In 1991, the legislature passed House Bill 51 which gave the West Plains Campus the authority to offer "one-year certificates, two-year associate degrees and credit and non-credit courses." Missouri State University -West Plains specializes in providing quality education to students of all ages in the south central Ozarks region of Missouri. For over 35 years, the college has grown and expanded to offer a liberal arts transfer curriculum at the freshman and sophomore levels, selected occupational and technical education programs, and a variety of continuing education courses. Enrollment is approximately 1,600 students per semester. The campus consists of four classroom and administrative buildings—Kellett Hall, Looney Hall, Melton Hall, and the Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center. The $4.3 million Michael J. Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, which houses Missouri State University – West Plains' Associate of Applied Science degree programs in Computer Technology, Industrial Technology, and General Technology, opened in Spring 2000. In addition to the classroom and administrative buildings, the campus includes the Garnett Library, a 60-person residence hall called the Grizzly House, the Putnam Student Center, Hass-Hoover Hall, and the V.H. Drago College Store. In 2000, the campus received two additional properties, Richards House, which is the permanent residence of the Missouri State University – West Plains Chancellor, and Gohn-Wood Hall, which will house the Missouri State University – Springfield Academic Outreach Office which is currently located across from the West Plains Post Office. Missouri State University – West Plains offers Associate degrees, transfer programs and training for immediate employment. Missouri State University – West Plains is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools.

Nearby Schools:

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  • HoustonTexas County Technical College
    Private not-for-profit
    6915 S Hwy 63
    HoustonMO65483
    ((41)7)9-67-5466
    Private not-for-profit
    39.9 mi | 141 students                      
  • Mountain HomeArkansas State University-Mountain Home
    Public
    1600 South College Street
    Mountain HomeAR72653
    ((87)0)5-08-6100
    Public
    40.5 mi | 1413 students                      
  • MelbourneOzarka College
    Public
    218 College Dr
    MelbourneAR72556
    ((87)0)3-68-7371
    Public
    46.7 mi | 1545 students                      
  • PocahontasBlack River Technical College
    Public
    1410 Hwy 304 East
    PocahontasAR72455
    ((87)0)2-48-4000
    Public
    60.6 mi | 2392 students                      
  • BatesvilleUniversity of Arkansas Community College-Batesville
    Public
    2005 White Drive
    BatesvilleAR72503
    ((87)0)6-12-2000
    Public
    66.1 mi | 1450 students                      
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Did You Know?
For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,485 per year for in-state students and $7,683 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,165 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Missouri community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.34, which is lower than the national average of 0.45. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career Colleges. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.