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Priority Enrollment for New Students: Students are encouraged to apply for admission early in order to complete all steps in the enrollment process and allow time for any financial aid to be processed before Jan. 12, 2015.
Because the process is important and takes a significant amount of time, it is recommended that application procedures be completed immediately for the spring semester. Applications are accepted prior to the first week of each semester; however, registration priority is given to early applicants. Students beginning the process later than recommended may not be able to accomplish the full enrollment process (admission, orientation, registration) before the first day of the semester and may need to wait to enroll for a subsequent semester.
If seeking financial aid: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required supporting documents as early as possible. (Late applicants should anticipate that financial aid may not be processed prior to the beginning of the semester and should be prepared to purchase textbooks with other resources. Tuition and fees can be paid utilizing the university’s deferred payment plan).
New students can follow the steps below to be admitted, take placement tests, attend orientation and register for classes.
Step one – Admission
» Submit an application for admission to the admissions office with a $15 application fee.
• For an application, see your high school counselor, go to our website at www.wp.missouristate.edu/admissions, or call the admissions office at 417-255-7955.
» Request high school transcript be mailed directly to the admissions office or request GED, HiSET or other stateapproved high school equivalency transcript be mailed to the admissions office from the department of education in the capital city of the state in which tested. Missouri High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET) transcripts are accessible by the university and do not require applicant request.
» Request official college transcript(s) be mailed directly to the admissions office if you have taken or are currently taking any courses for college credit. Students with 24 or more transferrable hours are not required to provide high school transcript.
After the above documentation is received and processed by the admissions office, you will be mailed an admission letter that includes your BearPass number.
Non-Degree Seeking Students: There are several admission categories for students who wish to take courses but do not wish to pursue a degree. (See university catalog www. wp.missouristate.edu/catalog or contact the admissions office for options, requirements and limitations.) Readmission: Former students who have not been enrolled for one academic year or more must apply for readmission. Returning students are encouraged to initiate the admission and registration processes well in advance of the semester in which they plan to return. Documentation and procedures will vary depending on previous enrollment.
Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program:Missouri State University-
West Plains offers a fee waiver program to any Missouri resident at least 62 years of age who wishes to take an academic course offered by the university on an audit, non-credit, “seats available” basis. Special courses, off-campus or online course offerings are not eligible for this waiver program. Students will need to buy textbooks (if required) and pay supplemental course fees. For more information, contact the admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free 1-888-466-7897.
Step two – Testing
Placement policy: Missouri State University-
West Plains does not require certain tests, such as the ACT, for admission; however, to ensure students are placed in courses in which they will be successful, students must take either the ACT or COMPASS test to determine placement in classes that have a math or reading prerequisite. Students also must submit a writing sample to determine placement in English classes. Contact the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS) at 417-255-7222 for information about the writing sample. For information about ACT or COMPASS tests needed for courses that require a math and reading placement score, please read below.
ACT: ACT scores must be less than five years old. If ACT scores are not on the high school transcript, students should ask the testing company to send them to the admissions office. For more information about sending ACT scores, call ACT at 319-337-1313. Students are encouraged to take the ACT at a national test site. Most high school counselors have information concerning national ACT test dates and locations. Missouri State University-West Plains offers a residual ACT, but students should be aware that these residual test results are for use only by Missouri State University.
COMPASS: Students may take the COMPASS test instead of the ACT for placement in courses that require certain math and reading scores. Students also may take the COMPASS to challenge placement as determined by ACT. Missouri State University-West Plains offers the COMPASS by appointment. Please contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222 to make an appointment to take the COMPASS.
Transfer students with more than 24 hours who do not have English composition credits will need to contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222. - The IDS 110 requirement will be waived for transfer students with 24 or more transfer credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- The IDS 150 requirement will be waived for transfer students with 24 or more transfer credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. - Transfer students without transferrable collegelevel math and writing credits, as indicated by the student’s academic records, must have an ACT or COMPASS score and institutional writing test on file.
Placement testing dates: To pre-register for placement tests or for more information, call AACCESS at 417-255-7222.
Writing sample testing for English placement will be given at 11 a.m., and the ACT will be given at 1 p.m. on the following days:
West Plains Campus
Nov. 14 • Dec. 1 • Dec. 12 • Jan. 5
Writing Sample only:
Dec. 3, 10 AM • Dec. 4, 4 PM • Jan. 8, 11 AM
Step three- Registration/Orientation
Students must register for classes prior to the first day of the spring semester, Jan. 12, 2015. Students seeking to register after the start of the semester may appeal to the dean of academic affairs. Appeals only will be approved in situations where extenuating circumstances warrant.
Registration: After first-time freshmen have been admitted to the university and completed required testing, they must attend STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation or a university-sanctioned equivalent and register for classes prior to the first day of the semester. STAR is designed to provide students with an introduction to the university and its services, policies and procedures, and to assist students in registering for their first semester. Students will receive information about attending STAR Orientation following their admission to the university.
Call AACCESS at 417-255-7222 to sign up for STAR Orientation. Early registration allows the best opportunity for proper advisement, and students have a greater selection of classes the earlier they attend orientation. The dates are:
West Plains Campus
Friday, Dec. 5 10 AM Tuesday, Jan. 6 10 AM
Friday, Jan. 9 10 AM Note to transfer students: Students who transfer in with less than 10 credit hours should attend orientation. Those who transfer 10 or more credit hours may attend an orientation. Students transferring only dual credit hours must attend orientation. First-time transfer students who do not attend orientation must contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222 to schedule an advising appointment and register for classes prior to the first day of the semester.
Textbooks: Students may access the textbook list by going to www.vhdrago.bkstr.com.