Missouri State University is a multi-campus metropolitan University System serving a unique combination of urban and rural environments. The University is committed to the creation of a teaching and learning environment which maximizes the student’s opportunity to become an educated person.
The University functions through a three-campus System structured to address the needs of the metropolitan area it serves. The System includes a selective admissions campus in Springfield, a two-year open admissions campus at West Plains, and a research campus at Mountain Grove.
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 45 years, the college has grown 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.
Missouri State University-West Plains was founded in 1963 as the West Plains Residence Center. In 1977, the Southwest Missouri State University 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.” In 2005, the legislature passed Senate Bill 98 which included changing Southwest Missouri State University’s name to Missouri State University, effective August 28, 2005.
The campus consists of four classroom and administrative buildings—Kellett Hall, Looney Hall, Melton Hall and the Lybyer Technology Center. In addition, the campus includes the Garnett Library, the Student Recreation Center, the 60-person Grizzly House residence hall, the Putnam Student Center, the V.H. Drago College Store and Cass Hall, a one-stop shop for student services. Maintenance and custodial operations are located in the Broadway Building, and the Richards House serves as the residence for the Missouri State-West Plains chancellor. A final structure, Gohn Hall, is the future home of the Missouri State University-Springfield outreach program.
Missouri State University-West Plains also offers courses Mountain Grove, Missouri. The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies can be completed at the Mountain Grove Campus. The Missouri State University-West Plains program at Mountain Grove is housed in Shannon Hall.
As part of an educational cooperation project between Liaoning Normal University (LNU) and the Missouri State University System, Missouri State University-West Plains offers the Associate of Arts in General Studies degree at the Missouri State University-LNU branch campus in Dalian, People’s Republic of China.
Missouri State University-West Plains offers associate degrees, transfer programs, certificates, 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, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: (312) 263-0456.