School Highlights

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)

School Overview

The teacher population of 176 teachers has grown by 134% over five years.
Missouri State University-West Plains
(MO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
176 staff
139 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 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,920 students
1,756 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
717 students
1,145 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,203 students
1,203 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Missouri State University-West Plains.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
111 students
213 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
717 students
1,145 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,203 students
908 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
13 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
334 students
204 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
1%
4%
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% Black
5%
7%
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% White
87%
62%
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Unknown races
3%
21%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MO.
Diversity Score
0.24
0.56
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.53%
4.24%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.12%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,400
$30,100
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,020 is more than the state average of $3,825. 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 $5,579. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,020
$3,825
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,440
$5,579
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
92%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,125
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,324
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
90%
SAT Reading
n/a
525
SAT Math
n/a
475
SAT Writing
n/a
510
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
20

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports
Sports
Basketball, Cheering, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

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.

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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)

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Did You Know?

For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,825 per year for in-state students and $5,579 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,625 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Missouri community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career College-Kansas City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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