Outside the Grizzly House During Fall


COVID safety continues as an integral part of the campus experience. Every student moving into the residence halls must meet one of the four criteria below prior to being allowed to check in. 

  1. Be fully vaccinated at the time of check-in. Students are considered fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. ​Students who elect to receive the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be able to provide documentation stating that their vaccination was administered on or before August 7, 2021. Vaccination will be confirmed through the state ShowMeVax platform. If you received a vaccination in another state or country, please be prepared to show your proof of vaccination at check in.   

 For more information on locating a vaccine near you, please feel free to visit Missouri's vaccine navigator. 

*Students who have received at least one dose of the vaccine can enter to be included in the prize drawings. For more information about the student vaccination incentive program, please click on the following link: https://wp.missouristate.edu/Coronavirus/student-vaccination-incentive-program.htm 

  1. Have been diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of check-in. If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 within 90 days of check-in, documentation must be emailed to wpreshall@missouristate.edu at least 24 hours prior to your arrival. The university will accept either a dated copy of the positive test result OR a dated copy of the isolation release letter from your local public health department. Documentation must include: student’s name and date the test was taken, which must not be more than 90 days prior to arrival OR the date the student was released from isolation, which must not be more than 90 days prior to check-in.  
  1. Have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival with a PCR COVID-19 test.  You are allowed to get tested prior to your arrival. If you do, documentation of the results must be emailed to wpreshall@missouristate.edu at least 24 hours prior to your arrival. Documentation MUST meet specific criteria, including: showing it was a PCR test (antigen tests are not accepted), has the student’s name, the date the test was taken (NOT the date results are received) and that the test was administered not more than 72 hours prior to arrival.  
  1. Get COVID-19 tested on arrival to check-in.  Anyone not meeting the criteria above WILL BE required to receive a COVID-19 test at the Burton Creek Medical Center located in West Plains at no cost to the student. Burton Creek is open during the following hours: ​​​​​​​
    • Thursday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm 
    • Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm 
    • Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    • Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Please plan your arrival accordingly as students who fail to meet the criteria above will not be granted access to university housing.


Campus Life

Moving to a new place can be intimidating, but living where you study will help with your transition. Missouri State University-West Plains offers two residence halls: the Grizzly House and Grizzly Lofts. Our residence halls will help you build relationships while also providing comfortable places to study and relax.

Student Activities

From Welcome Week and back-to-school picnics to homecoming activities and Grizzly Athletics games, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience the exhilarating lifestyle of a college student.

Student Recreation Center

Students can play a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball or racquetball in this 10,000-square-foot multipurpose building. The $2.2 million facility is located next to the Grizzly House and a few blocks from Grizzly Lofts. The center also serves as an emergency storm shelter for the campus. In addition, it can be used to host a variety of student-related activities and events.


The student Housing Contract is for the entire academic year. Contracts for the 2021-2022 academic year are now available. To complete a Housing Contract, include a $100 deposit and a meningitis vaccination record.

Grizzly House Cost

For the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year (fall 2021 and spring 2022), the cost per semester is $3,139 which includes utilities and 19 meals per week at the Putnam Student Center.

Grizzly Lofts Cost

For the 2021-2022 academic year (fall 2021 and spring 2022), the cost per semester is $3,475 which includes utilities and 19 meals per week with on-site dining.

For more information, contact:

Office of Residence Life
128 Garfield Ave.
West Plains, MO 65775



Download this information in our Housing Brochure (PDF 1.1 MB)

Grizzly House

Grizzly House is located in the heart of campus.

Grizzly Lofts

Grizzly Lofts is our newest residential community.

Housing Policy

All single students under 21 years of age who have completed fewer than 27 hours of transferable credit after high school graduation and live further than 100 miles from campus are required to live in University housing. All such students must have on file a completed Student Housing Contract and deposit or an approved Request for Exception to the University Housing Policy form, before enrolling in classes at Missouri State-West Plains. The student Housing Contract is for the entire academic year.  

General Exception Form (PDF 60 KB)
Commuter Exception Form (PDF 58 KB)

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