Missouri State University-West Plains

School Highlights
  • Missouri State University-West Plains serves 2,123 students (59% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is higher than the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 33%.
  • Missouri State University-West Plains is the only community colleges within Howell County, MO.
  • The nearest community college to Missouri State University-West Plains is Texas County Technical College (39.9 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 75 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Missouri State University-West Plains(MO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty75 staff32 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Missouri State University-West Plains has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Missouri State University-West Plains diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.51. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,123 students1,126 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio28:127:1
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# Full-Time Students1,256 students514 students
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# Part-Time Students867 students612 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
60200
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
-
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
3%
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% Black
2%
9%
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% White
90%
67%
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% Unknown races
5%
19%
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Diversity Score0.190.51
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College Completion Rate
21%
39%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,400$31,000
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,020 is less than the state average of $5,754. The in-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,440 is more than the state average of $7,141. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,020$5,754
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,440$7,141
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,750$12,204
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,801$6,000
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Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, VolleyballBasketball, Cheering,
Volleyball
Source: 2016 (or 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 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.

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