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, 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 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 that each college or university send your official transcript directly to the office of admissions
- Students who are enrolled in their first semester of college are offered tentative admission on the basis of their high school records and a list of courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
- Students with fewer than 24 transferable hours must also request a high school transcript or High School Equivalency (HiSET, GED or other HSE) be sent directly to the office of admissions
- High school transcript should include graduation date, class rank and ACT scores, if available
- High School Equivalency (HiSET or GED) transcript must be sent directly from the state department of education in the capital city of the state in which tested
- Missouri High School Equivalency (HiSET, GED or other HSE) transcripts are accessible by the university directly from the department of education and do not require applicant request
A course-by-course evaluation of transfer credit is sent to students after they have been admitted. Questions regarding these evaluations should be referred to the office of admissions.
Detailed information is available in the Policy Regarding Transfer of Credits to Missouri State University-West Plains.
The IDS 110 requirement and the RDG 125 requirement will be waived for students with 24 or more transfer credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Transfer students without transferable college-level math and writing credits, as indicated by the student's academic records, must have an ACT or COMPASS score and an institutional writing placement on file.
Students transferring up to and including 29.99 hours of credit to Missouri State University-West Plains with an overall grade point average below 1.75 will be admitted on probation. Students transferring 30 or more hours of credit with an overall grade point average below 2.0 are admitted on probation.