Missouri State University-West Plains

128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775-0000
Tel: (417)255-7255
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 same as the state community college average of 28:1.
  • 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 is Texas County Technical College (39.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 75 teachers has grown by 13% 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 staff25 staff
Missouri State University-West Plains Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,123 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.51. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,123 students1,147 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio28:128:1
Missouri State University-West Plains Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,256 students514 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students867 students633 students
Missouri State University-West Plains Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Missouri State University-West Plains Enrollment Breakdown MO All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Missouri State University-West Plains Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Missouri State University-West Plains American Indian/Alaskan (2008-2011)
% Asian
Missouri State University-West Plains Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Missouri State University-West Plains Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Missouri State University-West Plains Black (2007-2016)
% White
Missouri State University-West Plains White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Missouri State University-West Plains Ethnicity Breakdown MO All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.190.51
Missouri State University-West Plains Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Missouri State University-West Plains Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,400$31,200
Missouri State University-West Plains Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,020 is less than the state average of $5,734. 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 $7,115. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,020$5,734
Missouri State University-West Plains In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,440$7,115
Missouri State University-West Plains Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%94%
Missouri State University-West Plains % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,750$12,874
Missouri State University-West Plains Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,802$6,000
Missouri State University-West Plains Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, VolleyballBasketball, Cheering,
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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Missouri community colleges have a diversity score of 0.51, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career College-Kansas City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.