First-time Freshmen

Students are encouraged to apply for admission early in order to complete all steps in the enrollment process and to allow time for any financial aid to be processed. Students should refer to the appropriate sections of the catalog for program admission requirements, including specific application deadlines. For students applying to programs that do not have an earlier deadline, it is recommended that students apply for admission by June 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester and April 1 for the summer session.

Students beginning the process later than recommended above may not be able to accomplish the full enrollment process (application, orientation, register) before the first day of the semester and may need to wait to enroll for a subsequent semester.

If seeking financial aid, complete the FAFSA and scholarship application and submit any required supporting documents as early as possible to allow time for processing prior to the first day of the semester.

To apply for admission:

  • Submit an Application for Admission with the $15 application fee
  • Request a high school transcript be sent directly to the office of admissions
    • Transcript should include graduation date, class rank, and ACT scores, if available
    • High school seniors will be given tentative admission based on a sixth or seventh semester transcript. A final transcript must be requested after graduation.


  • Request a copy of your High School Equivalency (HiSET, GEDor other HSE) scores be sent to the office of admissions directly from the state department of education in the capital city of the state in which tested
    • Missouri High School Equivalency Test (HiSET or GED) transcripts are accessible by the University directly from the department of education and do not require applicant request
  • Request official college transcript(s) be sent to the office of admissions if you  have or are currently taking any courses for college credit

Applicants who completed high school through alternative means (home school or private school not accredited by the education agency of the state in which it is located) should see the admission procedure marked "high school by alternative means."

While the ACT test is not used by Missouri State University-West Plains for admissions, it is used to determine placement of students in some classes; therefore, student should submit ACT scores, or they may arrange to take the ACT on the West Plains campus.

Freshmen who do not have English composition credits also will need to complete a University administered writing test prior to registration for classes.