Missouri State University-West Plains

School Highlights

Missouri State University-West Plains serves 1,951 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 176 teachers has grown by 175% over five years.
Missouri State University-West Plains(MO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty176 staff102 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Missouri State University-West Plains has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 28:1 over five years.
The Missouri State University-West Plains diversity score of 0.27 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,951 students1,850 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:114:1
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# Full-Time Students781 students680 students
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# Part-Time Students1,170 students1,170 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
334 students184 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
5%
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% Black
3%
10%
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% White
85%
60%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Unknown races
4%
19%
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Diversity Score0.270.59
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College Completion Rate
25%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,400$30,100
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,020 is less than the state average of $4,978. 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 $6,468. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,020$4,978
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,440$6,468
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,086$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, VolleyballBasketball, Cheering,
Volleyball
Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Missouri State University-West Plains is Texas County Technical College (40.0 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,978 per year for in-state students and $6,468 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,270 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Missouri community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Missouri is American Business and Technology University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.