Missouri State University-West Plains serves 1,920 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 13% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 1,920 students
- In-state tuition: $4,020
- Out-state tuition: $7,440
- Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
- Minority enrollment: 13%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
The teacher population of 176 teachers has grown by 134% over five years.
Missouri State University-West Plains
(MO) Community College Avg.
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of Missouri State University-West Plains has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Missouri State University-West Plains diversity score of 0.24 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $4,020 is less than the state average of $4,464. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,440 is more than the state average of $6,120. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Total Sports Offered
Basketball, Cheering, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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 50 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 2,200 students per semester. The campus consists of six classroom and administrative buildings—Cass Hall, Garfield Hall, Kellett Hall, Looney Hall, Melton Hall, and the Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center. The $4.3 million Michael J. Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, 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, 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, which houses the Missouri State University-Springfield Outreach 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Missouri State University-West Plains cost?
Missouri State University-West Plains's tuition is approximately $4,020 for In-State students and $7,440 for Out-State students.
What sports does Missouri State University-West Plains offer?
Missouri State University-West Plains offers 3 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering and Volleyball.
Microcredentials: Tailoring Learning Journeys in Robotics
Micro-credentials offer a unique opportunity for adult learners to tailor their learning journeys to their specific needs and career aspirations. In this article we explore micro-credentials in robotics.
How To Pay For A Community College Education
We look in-depth at how you can pay for a community college education.
April 07, 2023Spring 2023: Top 10 Job Fields
The job market is changing at warp speed. Find out which job fields are the most promising for community college graduates.